Japanese engineers created a mechanical tail to help the elderly and people with disabilities

"Furries" of the whole world, rejoice! In Japan they created a mechanical one for people. Moreover, he may

really useful.

Why do you need it

Scientists often find inspiration in their worknature, think of Velcro, whose prototype was the Alpine thistle, or X-ray telescopes inspired by the unique geometry of a lobster's eye. The topic is rich and voluminous, so students from Keio University decided to rethink such a seemingly rudimentary part of the human body as the tail. The Arque device looks and works like a mechanical tail strapped to your waist. It consists of movable segments with pneumatic “muscles” that can move in eight directions to give the rest of the body greater stability.

The developers believe that the device will be able to help a person during rehabilitation or work with heavy loads, acting as an additional balancer.

"For most vertebrates the tailplays an important role by providing various functions to enhance mobility. We propose an artificial anthropomorphic tail, inspired by biomimicry, to obtain feedback,” the scientists report

The working concept of Arque will be shown on July 28 at the SIGGRAPH 2019 exhibition.