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.
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.