Why Robots That Bend Are Better

čas přidán 18. 02. 2021
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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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


  • I'm so bloody glad I don't wear headphones.

  • An octahedral octopus? An octahedropus?

  • yes all the metal parts and gears look very soft

  • 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.

  • Why wear a mask outside? I can see the inspiration for this soft robot is not porn related.

  • We are now one step closer to creating Rover from "The Prisoner".

  • Why knees make human movement better?! :D :D Ou this fun vid descriptions :D

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  • 100% Big hero 6 inspired soft robots hahaha very flexible.

  • you should make your voiceover monophonic I think, it makes it better I promise

  • I wonder whether a tubeless tire sealant would proof this robot against punctures

  • So you made the same video, twice. Good job.

  • 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.

  • Is it just me or did i just take 5 minute to understand the title, i lost to much brain cells to understand

  • polska mentioned

  • GUI = gooey?

  • I wouldent say there better. It depends what you want it for.

  • 0:48 , 2 Rs Mask is famous everywhere ❤️

  • Compliant robots could definitely have use in rescue through tight places

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  • Kiwi Co is definitely something that would interest me when I have kids

  • “...as we want robots to work closer and closer with humans.” 😳😳😳

  • until 5:58 i had absolutely no idea what this video was about.

  • not a single Bender reference...

  • This guy makes adverts more interesting

  • Corporations gotta corporate.

  • "Soft Robots That Bend Are Better" Interstellar: MONOLITH

  • "but why would you want to soft robot in the first place?" WELL HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO CUDDLE A HARD ROBOT??

  • ... and the robots they bend are the best!

  • Baymax! OP!

  • The person who invented the wheel is rolling in their grave right now

  • Boston Dynamics left the chat...

  • Bender is not happy

  • "Why would you want a soft robot" Ummm... My friend's research purposes.

  • 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!

  • big hero six?

  • I mean when you think about it, humans are squishy and we work pretty well.

    • @Papa Hairy maaaaybe 😉

    • @StrangeTerror Well, it's not secondary anymore.

    • @StrangeTerror watched the recent scishow video about the original purpose of bones, have you?

    • @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

    • Hybrid is the answer. Bones hard, flesh soft.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Small ball joints in compound form

  • cant wait for the robots that bend over !!!

  • 4:04. He must be thinking, “I knew clown school would come in handy one day!”

  • This robot and Robocop would be best mates. Because, compliance.

  • Okay, I need to know what's going on with the string at 9:58 with Mark Rober

    • I'd guess that the string is actually a very thin tube connected to a slow air pump. Look exactly like a tube inflating

  • Omg I was thinking of Baymax, so it was so cool when he mentioned him!

  • Bender!

  • 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.

  • Huh I guess that's the direction humanity decided to go in. Soft and agile machines.

  • "I have a GUI in Matlab", what a fucken madlad lol.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • You should've put the Big Hero Six reference at the beginning of the video to hook more viewers.

  • If you built a ten thousand of those out of kevlar you could be a bond Villain.

  • People are so smart..

  • soooooooo boston dynamics is making gundams, and these guys are making baymax XD

  • 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


  • Use foam tubes?

  • 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.

  • Mmmhhhh "soft robot" I think about Baymax!

  • Compliant. Unlike George Floyd

  • You know someone is a researcher when they make GUIs in MATLAB, yikes

  • So robot waifus that are soft are possible...

  • "WE named them after sausages" And one of them isn't the Wurst, you disappoint me.

    • You have Kiełbasa tho

  • awesome and i they look like more alive

  • 'Soft Robot " is my pet name for my boyfriend

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  • 😂🤦🏽‍♂️🤖 I see how his world is destroying his self now😂😂😂🥱

  • 1:44 I like how these people think We’re Stupid how come you don’t kick the Metal

  • 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.

    • I need to get my mind out of the gutter

  • Cool!

  • "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.

    • 😂🤦🏽‍♂️🤖 I see how his world is destroying his self now😂😂😂🥱

    • 1:44 I like how these people think We’re Stupid how come you don’t kick the Metal

    • Being creepy/cool doesn’t make it worth investing millions into. Honestly. Some people got no brains.

  • Show the one inserted inside a sphere

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  • We've got punctuated rolling locomotion. Now how about we make substitutiary locomotion work?

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  • My word of the day is Compliance.

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  • I didn't know the odd ones out was a scientist

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  • The Boston Dynamics robot videos are terrifying because they are made for military applications.

  • ew im glad im not subscribed to a bunch of diaper wearing adults.

  • Veritasium - why would you want a soft robot me - two words sex robots

  • So, a redtube robot...

  • wait you have one arm thats called Polish and the other named kiełbasa? those are the same thing

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  • baymax already showed me that soft robots are better. :D

  • you look like a math teacher

  • well i certainly would have build a spherical bot. made of inflatable rings. you can then wind wires around them, controlled by motors on the opposite ends.

  • Robots that bend are better? "Shut up baby I know it".

  • What's the soft robot designers favourite movie? 'The Flight of the Navigator' - Compliance!

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