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Japanese researchers build robot’s tail to keep elderly standing upright

TOKYO (Reuters) – for Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at the japanese Keio University have built a robot that they say could help the fragile elderly people to maintain their sense of balance.

Dubbed Rather grey-m mimics tails like those of cats and other animals are used, in order to keep their balance while running and climbing, and in accordance with the Keio team.

“The tail to keep the balance, like a pendulum,” said Junichi Nabeshima, a graduate student and as a researcher at the university, Embodied in a Media Project, in the view of the robot’s tail attached to his waist by a belt.

“When a man with a tilt of their body in one way, the tail moves in the opposite direction.”

As Japan greys, it is a leading company in the industry in looking for ways to reduce the aging of the population to be mobile and more productive.

While other countries have turned to foreign-born workers, by means of a shrinking working-age population, with a better attitude, Japan has a technological solution.

The robot’s tail), which makes use of one of the four artificial muscles and use compressed air to move in eight directions, it stays in the lab for now, though, researchers are looking for ways to make it more flexible, Nabeshima said.

In addition to helping older people around the team are also looking at industrial applications of the artificial appendage, such as a balanced support for the warehouse workers to carry heavy loads.

“I think it would be nice to integrate this developed a prosthetic tail for the day to day life, when one aspires to be a little bit more to help the balance,” Nabeshima said.

Reporting Megu Jones; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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