Robotic tail for humans developed

August 23rd, 2019

Researchers at Keio University in Japan have developed “Arque,” a robotic tail that humans can wear to improve balance. The device was informed by the ways animals passively use their tails to shift their center of gravity. Arque consists of interlocking plastic vertebrae that use a spring-based structure to handle shearing and tangential forces. Each vertebra is controlled […]

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Harvard researchers personalize soft exosuit devices

March 26th, 2018

Soft, assistive devices, such as the exosuit being designed by the Harvard Biodesign Lab, work best when the wearer and the robot are in sync. But every person moves a bit differently, and tailoring the robot’s parameters for an individual user is a time-consuming and inefficient process. Now, however, researchers from the Wyss Institute for […]

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