Why Robots That Bend Are Better

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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
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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

Kinc3per 3 timmar sedan
I haven’t been paid to say that I am currently in the kiwi co sub rip toon thing and really enjoy it.
Road Rash
Road Rash 6 timmar sedan
So when are you going to make Baymax?
First Last
First Last 6 timmar sedan
A goey
viewer 16 timmar sedan
is it of any use for anything ?
S o
S o 17 timmar sedan
Move able parts yes but totally soft robots? Dude seriously no. We need something with the origami technique that should do the trick.
John Kelton
John Kelton Dag sedan
That’s super cool, and super useless
Neon Eviscerator
Neon Eviscerator Dag sedan
Asserting that any kind of robot or machine is 'better' is very misleading. Please stop doing it it pisses me off. It's true that machines like this are better suited for certain applications than current technologies, but no technology is objectively 'better' than any other, it all depends entirely on what you're designing it to do.
GREY ALIEN Dag sedan
Makes me think of a portable bridge that can reach different elevations . Mobil and strong maybe even remote
Voltaic Fire
Voltaic Fire Dag sedan
Love it!
Kryptonite Dag sedan
1.5k thumbs down from hard robots
A man of no reputation
A man of no reputation 2 dagar sedan
They're benders.
Marcy 2 dagar sedan
Polish sausage robot! That's brilliant! :D
dav snow
dav snow 2 dagar sedan
I'm so bloody glad I don't wear headphones.
M L 2 dagar sedan
An octahedral octopus? An octahedropus?
Mr Picky
Mr Picky 2 dagar sedan
yes all the metal parts and gears look very soft
FeedMeSalt 2 dagar sedan
The primary reason for hard bots is strength accuracy stability and durability. A sooft machine will tear apart over long periods of time and wont repeat the same exact motion well, as you said, where as say tracks or a foot need lubed and replaced every year/decade.
ShaunBonJovi 3 dagar sedan
Why wear a mask outside? I can see the inspiration for this soft robot is not porn related.
JamieJamez 4 dagar sedan
We are now one step closer to creating Rover from "The Prisoner".
Gunzo Berelo
Gunzo Berelo 5 dagar sedan
Why knees make human movement better?! :D :D Ou this fun vid descriptions :D
진실추적 5 dagar sedan
Good morning I am a young man in Korea Korea is now entering an aging society If you introduce it to Korea from the beautiful country of the United States, please tell us some things that can help the weak and the elderly and help Korea. Korea is severely corrupted by corruption and corruption. Please help Korea.
Mc Len
Mc Len 5 dagar sedan
100% Big hero 6 inspired soft robots hahaha very flexible.
Kroidi 6 dagar sedan
you should make your voiceover monophonic I think, it makes it better I promise
Rabee J
Rabee J 6 dagar sedan
I wonder whether a tubeless tire sealant would proof this robot against punctures
rawrshack tsu
rawrshack tsu 6 dagar sedan
So you made the same video, twice. Good job.
Pola & Tiger
Pola & Tiger 7 dagar sedan
Why soft robots are better. Because they are closer to the build of living creatures. And evolution shows that we are build very well. Our hard bones tend to break and our soft flesh and skin protects them. Soft robots are more fit than the hard ones. And of course that one robot is a hybrid, just like us, humans and aliens.
El John Kraft
El John Kraft 7 dagar sedan
Is it just me or did i just take 5 minute to understand the title, i lost to much brain cells to understand
potezny plemnik
potezny plemnik 8 dagar sedan
polska mentioned
Ferrlix 9 dagar sedan
GUI = gooey?
savagex466 9 dagar sedan
I wouldent say there better. It depends what you want it for.
HARI n DAMODARA 9 dagar sedan
0:48 , 2 Rs Mask is famous everywhere ❤️
Nediak 10 dagar sedan
Compliant robots could definitely have use in rescue through tight places
HowToBuildIt 10 dagar sedan
I get kiwico crates (mine is tinker crate)
John McGill
John McGill 11 dagar sedan
Kiwi Co is definitely something that would interest me when I have kids
Ryan W
Ryan W 11 dagar sedan
“...as we want robots to work closer and closer with humans.” 😳😳😳
hxhshow9 12 dagar sedan
until 5:58 i had absolutely no idea what this video was about.
Felipe Rogel
Felipe Rogel 12 dagar sedan
not a single Bender reference...
leo sema
leo sema 12 dagar sedan
This guy makes adverts more interesting
Efrain Munoz
Efrain Munoz 12 dagar sedan
Corporations gotta corporate.
Yuri Lopes
Yuri Lopes 13 dagar sedan
"Soft Robots That Bend Are Better" Interstellar: MONOLITH
Joe Alias
Joe Alias 13 dagar sedan
"but why would you want to soft robot in the first place?" WELL HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO CUDDLE A HARD ROBOT??
Jakub Jandourek
Jakub Jandourek 13 dagar sedan
... and the robots they bend are the best!
Aniket Goel
Aniket Goel 13 dagar sedan
Baymax! OP!
Mtpb83boss 13 dagar sedan
The person who invented the wheel is rolling in their grave right now
Deepesh Malhotra
Deepesh Malhotra 14 dagar sedan
Boston Dynamics left the chat...
Harsh Sawant
Harsh Sawant 14 dagar sedan
Bender is not happy
Thanga Meenakshi
Thanga Meenakshi 14 dagar sedan
"Why would you want a soft robot" Ummm... My friend's research purposes.
Vintage USA Tech
Vintage USA Tech 14 dagar sedan
If you don't think that you are being programmed by the influencers that you watch. Play the shot game and every time you see someone wearing a mask in this video and use the word compliant well you know the game and a double bonus for those of you that pick up on the other words that have recently been added to our public narrative. But those of you who can't see it never mind me and just OBEY!
Baek-Hyeon Jang
Baek-Hyeon Jang 14 dagar sedan
big hero six?
Jacob Ford
Jacob Ford 15 dagar sedan
I mean when you think about it, humans are squishy and we work pretty well.
StrangeTerror 2 dagar sedan
@Papa Hairy maaaaybe 😉
Poldovico 2 dagar sedan
@StrangeTerror Well, it's not secondary anymore.
Papa Hairy
Papa Hairy 2 dagar sedan
@StrangeTerror watched the recent scishow video about the original purpose of bones, have you?
StrangeTerror 3 dagar sedan
@Edgar Omar Loroña Perez Actually the structural support of our bones seems to be a secondary function. Originally they were just little chunks of calcium and magnesium. Spread throughout the body to be used as mineral storage/buffers. Now obviously that was long before we were even reptiles much less mammals
Pola & Tiger
Pola & Tiger 7 dagar sedan
Hybrid is the answer. Bones hard, flesh soft.
Państwo Piesto
Państwo Piesto 15 dagar sedan
I'm no longer afraid of the judgement day.
Christopher Reisner
Christopher Reisner 15 dagar sedan
No disrespect to the robot, but my favorite part was the Kiwi Co. ad at the end. Those kits make me wish I had a couple of school age kids running around so I could play with their toys. 😁 Kids' brains are just information sponges until they hit puberty.
UberKrassMann 15 dagar sedan
oh you think that robot is safe do you? just wait till it figures out how to squeeze the life out of you boa constrictor style.
Huntracony 15 dagar sedan
Bad title. Disliked. This is "The advantages of soft robots," and I'd definitely say they're interesting, but everything I've seen in this video is in the proof-of-concept stage and have only demonstrated the ability to move on a flat surface and pick up a ball. Note, by the way, that I don't think it can actually carry the ball as that entire triangle cannot move without dropping the ball. Yes, this is cool and has _theoretical_ benefits, but until (and unless) it is fully developed (and I hope it will be), you can't say they're better.
Just Click It And Watch
Just Click It And Watch 15 dagar sedan
Small ball joints in compound form
MrEnajiza 15 dagar sedan
cant wait for the robots that bend over !!!
Aurtisan Miner
Aurtisan Miner 16 dagar sedan
4:04. He must be thinking, “I knew clown school would come in handy one day!”
StarStump 16 dagar sedan
this guy
this guy 16 dagar sedan
This robot and Robocop would be best mates. Because, compliance.
Matthew Warren
Matthew Warren 16 dagar sedan
Okay, I need to know what's going on with the string at 9:58 with Mark Rober
Thanga Meenakshi
Thanga Meenakshi 14 dagar sedan
I'd guess that the string is actually a very thin tube connected to a slow air pump. Look exactly like a tube inflating
NiceLord 17 dagar sedan
Omg I was thinking of Baymax, so it was so cool when he mentioned him!
’̈́ 18 dagar sedan
Lance Cruwys
Lance Cruwys 18 dagar sedan
Do you not still need electronics to power these soft robots? I don't see how that would benefit miners. I'm one confused dude.
Nellit McKerin
Nellit McKerin 18 dagar sedan
Huh I guess that's the direction humanity decided to go in. Soft and agile machines.
Fairyplay 18 dagar sedan
"I have a GUI in Matlab", what a fucken madlad lol.
MammothBehemoth 18 dagar sedan
That pneumatic turtle thing is more ground breaking, in how I see it. Most of our mechanical implements are driven by circular mechanics. Drills, vibrations, pumping motion, swaying arms, rolling, picking, sorting, etc...utilizing rotors, rollers, tubes, chains, fulcrum, arms, weights, etc..everyday mechanics are usually driven by a rotating or semi rotating engine.
Chad T
Chad T 18 dagar sedan
this is dumb and isn't practical. biggest contribution is whatever models are developed. but you can waste 5 years getting a phd in it just to go work for google or tesla, doing something that's not soft robots, and then need to make up for the 5 years of wages you missed out on. with too specialized a field your employers are limited and less time available to job hop your breakeven ends up around age 35 - 40, congrats you wasted the best years of your life (at least financially).
Yi Zhang
Yi Zhang 18 dagar sedan
You should've put the Big Hero Six reference at the beginning of the video to hook more viewers.
manton harding
manton harding 18 dagar sedan
If you built a ten thousand of those out of kevlar you could be a bond Villain.
Mayur 18 dagar sedan
People are so smart..
Fleato 19 dagar sedan
soooooooo boston dynamics is making gundams, and these guys are making baymax XD
Connor Hobbs
Connor Hobbs 19 dagar sedan
You could probably use this concept to made extremely small to store, and easily replaceable wheels. Combined with the ability to inflat them from an external compressor than stored, and transported gasses. They provide a good weight and size saving on a payload
Carter 19 dagar sedan
Sun Gear
Sun Gear 19 dagar sedan
Use foam tubes?
Jac Crystal
Jac Crystal 19 dagar sedan
The curve always has it. Imagine a flat planet, it'd crack in the middle. Ain't no lines anyway but objects in a certain disposition to each other, static or moving.
Seraphim Chekotun
Seraphim Chekotun 19 dagar sedan
Mmmhhhh "soft robot" I think about Baymax!
Fortnum Sound
Fortnum Sound 19 dagar sedan
Compliant. Unlike George Floyd
Mattia Giambirtone
Mattia Giambirtone 20 dagar sedan
You know someone is a researcher when they make GUIs in MATLAB, yikes
james jayawara
james jayawara 20 dagar sedan
So robot waifus that are soft are possible...
james jayawara
james jayawara 16 dagar sedan
@Stacy McCabe No.
Stacy McCabe
Stacy McCabe 16 dagar sedan
Stop what your thinking
Quillo Manar SFM
Quillo Manar SFM 20 dagar sedan
"WE named them after sausages" And one of them isn't the Wurst, you disappoint me.
Smyczeq 20 dagar sedan
You have Kiełbasa tho
fritz 21 dag sedan
awesome and i they look like more alive
NickNew 21 dag sedan
'Soft Robot " is my pet name for my boyfriend
the engineer
the engineer 19 dagar sedan
i call my loved one "steel mann"
Living Trashbag
Living Trashbag 19 dagar sedan
Umm is he impotence??
Augustine Mcrae
Augustine Mcrae 21 dag sedan
The synonymous pelican selectively object because aftershave rheologically start since a watery french. true, spotty era
Brendan Cross
Brendan Cross 19 dagar sedan
Please help, I tried to read this and now smell burnt toast
Mhu 21 dag sedan
"sir... SIR!!" "Get me, ONE O' THOSE"
Jesse Martinez
Jesse Martinez 22 dagar sedan
😂🤦🏽‍♂️🤖 I see how his world is destroying his self now😂😂😂🥱
Jesse Martinez
Jesse Martinez 22 dagar sedan
1:44 I like how these people think We’re Stupid how come you don’t kick the Metal
Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis 22 dagar sedan
So we have already created 2 general species, or genus of robots. Soft, and Hard. I imagine in a scientific fiction future, the Hard robots will dominate the Soft robots.
Furinick 18 dagar sedan
I need to get my mind out of the gutter
Cherry Sun
Cherry Sun 22 dagar sedan
Paul Murray
Paul Murray 22 dagar sedan
"But why would you want a soft robot in the first place?" Because they are fricking awesome and look creepy/cool, that's why. Honestly. Some people got no soul.
Jesse Martinez
Jesse Martinez 22 dagar sedan
😂🤦🏽‍♂️🤖 I see how his world is destroying his self now😂😂😂🥱
Jesse Martinez
Jesse Martinez 22 dagar sedan
1:44 I like how these people think We’re Stupid how come you don’t kick the Metal
Keshuel 22 dagar sedan
Being creepy/cool doesn’t make it worth investing millions into. Honestly. Some people got no brains.
derald snipes
derald snipes 23 dagar sedan
Show the one inserted inside a sphere
Piotr S-a
Piotr S-a 23 dagar sedan
Polish sausage rulez ✌🏻👍🏻😎🌭 Best greetings from Poland! 🇵🇱🙂
Jesse Gibbons
Jesse Gibbons 23 dagar sedan
We've got punctuated rolling locomotion. Now how about we make substitutiary locomotion work?
1k4r0 23 dagar sedan
cxu iu parolas esperanton kun mi
sudd 23 dagar sedan
mask wearing sheeple, time to stop be the problem and start being the solution. is not mask hysteria a symptom crazy enough to realize we have gone to far?
MsGen ÒxÓ
MsGen ÒxÓ 23 dagar sedan
Shut up
Chouci Vang
Chouci Vang 23 dagar sedan
My word of the day is Compliance.
Dennis 78
Dennis 78 24 dagar sedan
you should contact N.A.S.A.
Drewski InTheCut
Drewski InTheCut 24 dagar sedan
I didn't know the odd ones out was a scientist
Curas1 24 dagar sedan
Aww Skynets so cute now ...
HungryHedgehog 24 dagar sedan
The Boston Dynamics robot videos are terrifying because they are made for military applications.
J-dayday 25 dagar sedan
ew im glad im not subscribed to a bunch of diaper wearing adults.
A_Goopie_Person_Guy_Thing 25 dagar sedan
Veritasium - why would you want a soft robot me - two words sex robots
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