Why Robots That Bend Are Better

18 févr. 2021
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Robots of the future may be softer, squishier and bendier than robots today. This could make them ideal for space exploration. Check out kiwico.com/Veritasium50 for 50% off your first month of any subscription!
On Thursday February 18th, 2021 the NASA Perseverance Rover will land on Mars. It is a wonderful robot, made out of steel and wire - but will future robots look like Perseverance? There is an emerging field of research on "soft robots", where the machines are flexible. These soft robots have many advantages over traditional robots - they're safer, lighter, more flexible and can change their shape and size.
NASA is investigating the use of soft robots for space missions. For future visits to Enceladus or Europa, a lander could cut a hole in the ice and then insert a compliant robot through the hole. This robot could then grow and change shape on the other side.
N. S. Usevitch, Z. M. Hammond, M. Schwager, A. M. Okamura, E. W. Hawkes, S. Follmer, An untethered isoperimetric soft robot. Sci. Robot. 4,
ve42.co/Hammond2020 - paper about the truss robot
ve42.co/Usevitch2020 - press release and video about the truss robot
Electronics-free pneumatic circuits for controlling soft-legged robots
Dylan Drotman1, Saurabh Jadhav, David Sharp, Christian Chan, Michael T. Tolley Sci. Robot. 6, eaay2627 (2021)
ve42.co/Drotman - paper about the turtle robot
Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
Jim Osmun, Tyson McDowell, Ludovic Robillard, jim buckmaster, Robert, fanime96, Marc Forand, Juan Benet, Ruslan Khroma, Robert Blum, Grace O'Maille KRON x Arc iOS, Richard Sundvall, Lee Redden, Vincent, Lyvann Ferrusca, Alfred Wallace, Arjun Chakroborty, Joar Wandborg, Clayton Greenwell, Pindex , Michael Krugman, Cy 'kkm' K'Nelson, Sam Lutfi, Ron Neal, Bryan Baker
Video supplied by Getty Images
Thanks to Zachary Hammond for showing me the soft truss robot
Filmed by Derek Muller
Edited and GFX by Trenton Oliver
Animation by Ivan Tello
Music by Jonny Hyman
Thumbnail by Ignat Berbeci, Dan Meyer

  • It's just dawned on me you could tell people you're Elon Musk with that mask on

    Bill StickersBill StickersIl y a 20 minutes
  • How about making a video on air pressure? specifically testing if higher air pressure stops projectiles, what pressure humans could fly at without any power assistance if it makes a difference, and see if higher pressure would reduce terminal velocity so humans could survive any drop. Im interested for video game purposes rather than wanting humans injured lol.

    Captain HamburgersCaptain HamburgersIl y a 2 heures
  • what if u make the tubes out of sponge or permanent soft material?

    Nova SamaNova SamaIl y a 3 heures
  • Kiełbasa xD

    Marcin GeborskiMarcin GeborskiIl y a 4 heures
  • I am satisfied with my care

    alex mejiaalex mejiaIl y a 4 heures
  • Seth Rogan as a Robotics Major

    Evan DonaldsonEvan DonaldsonIl y a 5 heures
  • I don´t find any of the Boston Dynamics robots creepy or terrifying, by the contrary I find them really astonishing, epic and gives me hope for a better future. All those comments about creppyness are the actual creepy stuf about human intelligence imo, also cringy and repetitive.

    Drawerick 92Drawerick 92Il y a 8 heures
  • what a loser

    XVHK GreenXVHK GreenIl y a 8 heures
  • Does it blend

    Jay TeeJay TeeIl y a 8 heures
  • *Many robots (including soft robots) are programmed for locomotion and other forms of motor control based upon the wiring principles of central pattern generators* (CPGs)-neural circuits that produce a wide frequency range of oscillatory rhythmic outputs even in the absence of sensory feedback-that have been adapted by evolution over hundreds of millions of years across the animal kingdom for axial, quadrupedal, and bipedal locomotion, as well as many other peculiar forms of locomotion, including rolling locomotion akin to that of the robot showcased in this video here. After several months of preparation, I'll soon be posting vids from my perspective as a Harvard neurobiologist and scientific editor/consultant. Cheers.

    Aaron M. Lambert, Ph.D.Aaron M. Lambert, Ph.D.Il y a 8 heures
    • Fascinating my guy. Subbed!

      Mopandi BlooperbuttMopandi BlooperbuttIl y a 8 heures
  • After seeing this I could remember the robot in the interstellar movie. That was a great robot really. Change my entire visualisation of a robot.

    Akshay PandeyAkshay PandeyIl y a 9 heures
  • tecnicly electricty are difine robot we more toclking about air autaton

    EnderGamerXPEnderGamerXPIl y a 9 heures
  • 6:09 In inches? Ew. This is a joke.

    Talal AlqarniTalal AlqarniIl y a 10 heures
  • next title: why female robots that bend are better

    unconscious 7xunconscious 7xIl y a 10 heures
  • The dry pull lilly mix because tempo orly moan out a makeshift customer. chivalrous, humorous jump

    alexander jimenezalexander jimenezIl y a 10 heures
  • *Just built different*

    Naved HasanNaved HasanIl y a 12 heures
  • Reminds me of the IROBOT chembot

    Paul GaryPaul GaryIl y a 13 heures
  • these bots are built different

    HugoHugoIl y a 14 heures
  • That background noise is his beard scratching isn’t it?

    spideral187spideral187Il y a 15 heures
  • Maaannnnn....... I love this guy

    Radhey MishraRadhey MishraIl y a 18 heures
  • I suppose you could call them... Bender robots

    PixelDoughPixelDoughIl y a 19 heures
  • Solution looking for a problem

    B TB TIl y a 19 heures
  • how tf would u pressurize the tubes in space without air

    Dick CheeseDick CheeseIl y a 19 heures
    • Air is inside the tubes, not outside. Compressed air cans and closed loops

      mortaché de muertemortaché de muerteIl y a 13 heures
  • it useless, and worthless............defeats the purpose of a robot,,,,,,,,you cant mount anything to it.

    Doesn't MatterDoesn't MatterIl y a 20 heures
  • Robot: *Bends* Humans: "Its better!"

    P-ARTP-ARTIl y a 20 heures
  • Pretty much y'all are gay

    Dismantle HAARPDismantle HAARPIl y a 20 heures
  • I am severely disappointed in the lack of hard robot jokes.

    sehhi vootysehhi vootyIl y a 21 heure
  • How about a robot built out of fluids or even magnetic fields 😯

    Dustin OlsenDustin OlsenIl y a 21 heure
  • just take a body shaped balloon bit the same mechanics on the in side and sow it up easy someone do this plz

    Roger McCartyRoger McCartyIl y a 21 heure
    • Let's think this through, Rog. Body shaped balloon is a great framework. Imagine compliant 'muscle' tubing on the underside of the skin. The pneumatic driver could be in the hip area, and processing in the head. Assuming you could maintain air pressure effectively with a strong fabric and expandable lining, that doesn't seem like an impossible task.

      FetalKnievelFetalKnievelIl y a 4 heures
    • nvm that wouldent work idk

      Roger McCartyRoger McCartyIl y a 21 heure
  • Very nice.........SOFT?, just stay away from those sharp corners for now, until they develop blowup motors, aluminum, electricity, bots, nuts, you get my drift!

    INFOCUS MediaINFOCUS MediaIl y a 22 heures
    • That compressed air robot looked like stop motion. But all it would take is one of those flimsy rods on that inflatable robots to snap and its useless.

      sehhi vootysehhi vootyIl y a 21 heure
  • All these so called 'smart guys' wearing face diapers for a bs flu with 99.97 survival. guess none of them read their savior fauchis paper on why the spanish flu was compounded and got so bad (hint masks)

    Richard KeyRichard KeyIl y a 22 heures
  • But Betamax is a hard robot. It just has an inflated balloon around it. The core and its movement is all hard structure.

    EE EhrenbergEE EhrenbergIl y a jour
  • So its soft, and can change shape....great?

    Durpswag Jr.Durpswag Jr.Il y a jour
  • "Why robots that bend are better" Bender: 😁

    aboodi the destroyeraboodi the destroyerIl y a jour
  • This is baymax's great grandad

    Cian Mac phaidinCian Mac phaidinIl y a jour
  • Hm... Rigid robot uses: Manufacturing, Building, warfare, secondary phases of colonization. Soft robot uses: Medicine, direct human contact usage, rescue, first phases of colonization.

    ψ{Flame End Cyborg Guy}ψψ{Flame End Cyborg Guy}ψIl y a jour
  • Thought you meant bend like Bender Rodriguez

    Ben DoverBen DoverIl y a jour
  • bender agrees

    Raf TaktRaf TaktIl y a jour
  • Aan deze militaire natte droom die volledig geheim en verboden ondezoek bevat ga je niet gelijk dood . Parkingson, Altzheimer, mad cow zijn door prion veroorzaakte ziektes die pas over 2 jaar zich breed gaan manifesteren. Nu snap je de Angst van overheden.

    Erik LakenErik LakenIl y a jour
  • The envious riverbed admittedly punish because can sicily arrest into a victorious composition. fretful, ragged arch

    Yundt RosamondYundt RosamondIl y a jour
  • Dit is er aan de hand. Sars-CoV-2 A Weaponized Prion Disorder Disquised as Respiratory Disease. Hier werken groot machten als China, Rusland en Amerika al jaren in het geheim aan en is helaas ontsnapt uit een biolab in Wohan.

    Erik LakenErik LakenIl y a jour
  • This is awkward

    Zach HammondZach HammondIl y a jour
  • Its like the strandbeests

  • there's no air in space

    tomey tomeytomey tomeyIl y a jour
  • That compressed air robot looked like stop motion. But all it would take is one of those flimsy rods on that inflatable robots to snap and its useless.

    J VillainJ VillainIl y a jour
  • "Why Rockets that Bend are Better"

    Onin D.Onin D.Il y a jour
  • These are nicer than humanoid, because a human like machine that can move, interact and talk is creepy

    Your Slavic FriendYour Slavic FriendIl y a jour
  • 8:46 Bay Max from Big-Hero 6 came to mind when he said that.

    Sameer TariqSameer TariqIl y a jour
    • Nevermind he mentioned it lol.

      Sameer TariqSameer TariqIl y a jour
  • only thing i didnt like about this video is that your voice keeps changing sides

    BoisqBoisqIl y a jour

    • The apple was attached to the tree by its stem while accelerating. The stem broke from this force and stopped accelerated while everyone around it (including Newton) continued to accelerate.

      Cam SCam SIl y a jour
  • no comments or jokes about Futurama's Bender? im disappointed in y'all

    Mauricio Tejeda DavilaMauricio Tejeda DavilaIl y a jour
  • >its soft, so its safe around humans ...

  • kielbasa :D

    Piotr BiesekPiotr BiesekIl y a jour
  • good video

    kenh tong hopkenh tong hopIl y a jour
  • Why I cant even see the sub button? Serious Question.

    Muhammadim Yusoff JamaluddinMuhammadim Yusoff JamaluddinIl y a jour
  • i preffer my robot stiff

    Miguel Antonio BuenaventuraMiguel Antonio BuenaventuraIl y a jour
  • We now have the ability to create Baymax irl

    bodoti qwiubodoti qwiuIl y a jour
    • Nice stats

      Secret NinjaSecret NinjaIl y a 19 heures
  • Baymax is my favorite soft robot

    Skylark LandingSkylark LandingIl y a jour
  • half of boston robot dynamic videos are cgi anyways lmfao!!

    Travis DarkTravis DarkIl y a jour
  • Michael Rosen called it, guys ***bendy bendy bendy! Bendyy bendyy***

    Lord Habitaxe of PrydoniaLord Habitaxe of PrydoniaIl y a jour
    • nice pfp 👍

      Nit3mare_btwNit3mare_btwIl y a jour

    Ramesh LamichhaneRamesh LamichhaneIl y a jour
    • we're one step closer to having a real life baymax

      bodoti qwiubodoti qwiuIl y a jour
  • TARS? is that you?

    Imroz TowhidImroz TowhidIl y a jour
  • Oh dang! Kiełbasa right there!!!♥️

    Bartek SBartek SIl y a jour
  • Every one the robots will take over the world..... the robots haha soft robots go bbbbrrrrr

    MR.terra69MR.terra69Il y a jour
  • The glamorous pollution commercially consist because opera randomly cause within a open july. crazy, rainy person

    hivek mosathivek mosatIl y a jour
  • Hey Derek, I have a physics question for you, its kind of hard to explain while typing but it concerns controlling gravity. I think I have a 33% chance of this theory being correct, if you are interested I can give you my email later. Thanks, Josh.

    jwpx11jwpx11Il y a jour
    • Yea ikr it has to do with Einstein's theory of relativity and curved spacetime

      jwpx11jwpx11Il y a jour
    • lol what? hahahhaha

      Christian NievesChristian NievesIl y a jour
  • I love this video as a high schooler and a software lead and a captain of an FRC robotics team who loves and adored robots and robot making!

    mind.hacker999mind.hacker999Il y a jour
  • Kill JESUS with Cinnamon. For they have no breath and cannot speak and hear. Cyborgs

    Carlo052 GCarlo052 GIl y a jour
  • Who wants to bet which will come first Robot anime girls or colonization on mars

    CrazyNoodlesCrazyNoodlesIl y a jour
  • Cool, so instead of having your skull crushed by a terminator you get smothered by a sentient jumping castle.

    Reanetse MolelekiReanetse MolelekiIl y a jour
  • It's just a hop, a skip, and a jump away from needing a leg up.

    Toughen Up, FluffyToughen Up, FluffyIl y a jour
  • just put some stans tire sealant inside the bot in case it springs a leak it'll seal itself

    nigel_bdnigel_bdIl y a jour
  • the compressed air robot at 1:03 looks like a sea pig hehe

    embRellish eembRellish eIl y a jour
  • we're one step closer to having a real life baymax

    DarkDarkIl y a 2 jours
    • @Kevin what?

      YouTube Dark ModeYouTube Dark ModeIl y a 6 heures
    • @Nevaehs Pets same

      Dave D'souzaDave D'souzaIl y a 19 heures
    • @Nevaehs Pets same

      Любослав НиколовЛюбослав НиколовIl y a jour
    • I’m here before this gets 100 likes

      Nevaehs PetsNevaehs PetsIl y a jour
    • Okay Nerd 💀😆

      KevinKevinIl y a jour
  • nice stuff!

    Vicente EsnaolaVicente EsnaolaIl y a 2 jours
  • Bender: Shut up baby I know it!

    Blitz The FoxBlitz The FoxIl y a 2 jours
  • looks pretty useless at that dev. level.

    Klaus HippKlaus HippIl y a 2 jours
  • I see BIG HERO in the future

    ki koyki koyIl y a 2 jours
  • Soft robots yeah

    Dipesh SatrangeDipesh SatrangeIl y a 2 jours
  • Wasn't the T-1000 a soft robot? You know, when it wanted to be.

    Mark VrankovichMark VrankovichIl y a 2 jours
  • Will you still call a robot to something that doesn't integrate electronics?

    Mat BlazMat BlazIl y a 2 jours
  • Is there a video of that tour/visit to Kiwi Co? I'm fascinated by their work and would love to see more from that teaser.

    Fernando ToledoFernando ToledoIl y a 2 jours
  • F...ng masks on your faces...?!?!?!?!??! REALLY?!?!?!?!?!

    TheTRUwinsTheTRUwinsIl y a 2 jours
  • problem is we cant make a soft robot that is actually strong. so why dont we just build normal machines, that dont crush people?

    PowerDust015 lastnamePowerDust015 lastnameIl y a 2 jours
    • but it can pick up basketballs! How many basketballs are on mars though...

      Daniel KintighDaniel KintighIl y a 2 jours
  • Hey Derek, how about the explanation of the " Center of the Universe " on Tulsa, Oklahoma ?? It's fascinatingly mysterious

    Monkey D. LuffyMonkey D. LuffyIl y a 2 jours
  • kiełbasa ❤

    ThiSISAlivE DeatHThiSISAlivE DeatHIl y a 2 jours
  • Do they work at the bottom of the sea

    Anupam Datta SarkarAnupam Datta SarkarIl y a 2 jours
  • Seems like they are pretty worthless because they have no inherent strength to complete tasks except perhaps to entertain children or to carry cameras on the meatal joints.

    NecromancerNecromancerIl y a 2 jours
  • Hi, Derek. I want to watch your documentaries but don't know how to download them, can you help me?

    Techno manTechno manIl y a 2 jours
  • Hey Derek, here's a video suggestion. How much does the 'Path of least resistance dictate your life?' Everything from putting a dirty plate into the sink less full to selecting the lane with the least amount of cars at a red light. Love the work you do! Thanks.

    cho202cho202Il y a 2 jours
  • So what's its use, like under water is great but what will it do there?

    Tristan MöllerTristan MöllerIl y a 2 jours
  • dont waste your time making videos with masked people - they will be very ashamed once the depth of duping becomes obvious to all - thumbs down and unsub from me!

    usertogousertogoIl y a 2 jours
  • the future is bendy

    Story of SharplyonStory of SharplyonIl y a 2 jours
    • Drones

      Garrett BokGarrett BokIl y a 2 jours
  • Typical vacuum tire uses latex-based internal sealant to auto-seal leaks. Also, some vehicles use soft rubber to completely replace air inside tires. Silicone foam resin or something similar can be mixed when the robot deployed, and foam would expand to fill the tube structures. It will be far better than a mere backup pump.

    Max LawMax LawIl y a 2 jours
    • concessions would have to be made in terms of robot maneuverabilty right? the foam is naturally more difficult to compress than air. i think it would be great as a back up system tho, if they could find a light yet strong and elastic enough foam for structural support in those emergency situations, without adding too much weight to the robot.

      Fayetal AttractionFayetal AttractionIl y a 2 jours
  • I used to get V and mark rober mixed up, seems silly now but to me they used to be the same guy 😂

    Butters StotchButters StotchIl y a 2 jours
  • Derek: How does this robot even work? Zack: COMPLIANCE Derek: And what do- Zack: C O M P L I A N C E

    soinu foigsoinu foigIl y a 2 jours
  • This has to be lamest robot I have seen in a long, long time...

    ScorieDivineScorieDivineIl y a 2 jours
  • imagine you in a dark alley with nobody else and then this robot goes after you

    TheBlackVoidInSpace // Person PersonTheBlackVoidInSpace // Person PersonIl y a 2 jours
    • Why would I imagine that

      • SuShi •• SuShi •Il y a 2 jours
  • I think I had a stroke trying to read the title

    Donut ManDonut ManIl y a 2 jours
    • Cool

      soinu foigsoinu foigIl y a 2 jours
  • And how are they better...

    хреновый свиньяхреновый свиньяIl y a 2 jours