Devolution? Keio University team designs wearable robotic tail to help elderly keep their balance

Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, researchers at Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance.

Dubbed Arque, the gray 1-meter device mimics tails that cheetahs and other animals use to keep their balance while running and climbing, the Keio team says.

Toyota has plenty for robots to do during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
When athletes and organizers descend on Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games they’ll be ferried around in autonomous cars, while torch relay runners will be accompanied by vehicles equipped with artificial intelligence. Robots will ferry javelins and hammers.
A miniature stretchable pump for the next generation of soft robots

Scientists at EPFL, in collaboration with researchers at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan, have developed a tiny pump that could play a big role in the development of autonomous soft robots, lightweight exoskeletons and smart clothing. Flexible, silent and weighing only one gram, it is poised to replace the rigid, noisy and bulky pumps currently used. The scientists’ work has just been published in Nature.

Tokyo readies $1bn for cyborg and waste elimination research
Cyborg technology to restore bodily functions that have declined due to aging, technology to eliminate industrial waste from the Earth's environment, and artificial hibernation are among 25 areas the Japanese government aims to support, Nikkei has learned.