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Wearable robotic tail gives humans better balance

Reuters YOKOHAMA, JAPAN Aug 14, 2019, 06.15 PM (IST)

Millions of years after the ancestors of humans evolved to lose their tails, a research team at Japan's Keio University have built a robotic one they say could help unsteady elderly people keep their balance. Dubbed Arque, the grey one-meter device mimics tails such as those of cheetahs and other animals used to keep their balance while running and climbing, according to the Keio team.