Scientists have created a robotic tail that can improve your balance

Scientists have created a robotic tail that can improve your balance


robotic tail , SIGGRAPH conference ,four artificial muscles , mobile version , virtual reality technology


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a robotic tail that could improve dexterity and balance? In most cases no, unless you are a fox. But here's how some researchers at the University of Keio have come up with such a device.
 This prototype, called the Arque, was presented last week at the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles. The attachment of this device is made up of several interconnected plastic beads and can be customized based on the weight and length of the user.
Smaller weights can be inserted inside each vertebra to fit the weight of the wearer, allowing it to be balanced when moving fast or carrying heavyweights.
The tail operates through four artificial muscles, which contract and elongate using an external pressure air system. The fact that an external compressor is required means that so far it is not in the mobile version, but the development of artificial muscles means that in the future these muscles will simply be supplied with batteries.
A mobile version of Arque can be used in a variety of ways, such as assisting construction workers when lifting heavy weights, to help people who have problems with their balance, especially in games using virtual reality technology, as the tail is waved in such a way as to adapt the user's body to the situation that is taking place in the game.

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