Robotic Tail .. Artificial Intelligence Helps Humans

A research team at Japan’s Keio University have built a Robotic Tail they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance, according to Reuters.

Dubbed Arque, the grey one-meter device mimics tails such as those of cheetahs and other animals used to keep their balance while running and climbing, according to the Keio team.

The Robotic Tail, which uses four artificial muscles and compressed air to move in eight directions, will remain in the lab for now, however, as researchers look for ways to make it more flexible, Nabeshima said.

Apart from helping the elderly get around, the team are also looking at industrial applications for the artificial appendage, such as a balance aid for warehouse workers carrying heavy loads.

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