Arque: Artificial biomimicry-inspired tail for extending innate body functions

Junichi Nabeshima, M. H.D. Yamen Saraiji, Kouta Minamizawa

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Abstract

For most mammals and vertebrate animals, tail plays an important role for their body providing variant functions to expand their mobility, or as a limb that allows manipulation and gripping. In this work, Arque, we propose an artificial biomimicry-inspired anthropomorphic tail to allow us alter our body momentum for assistive, and haptic feedback applications. The proposed tail consists of adjacent joints with a spring-based structure to handle shearing and tangential forces, and allow managing the length and weight of the target tail. The internal structure of the tail is driven by four pneumatic artificial muscles providing the actuation mechanism for the tail tip. Here we highlight potential applications for using such prosthetic tail as an extension of human body to provide active momentum alteration in balancing situations, or as a device to alter body momentum for full-body haptic feedback scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACM SIGGRAPH 2019 Posters, SIGGRAPH 2019
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450363143
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 28
EventACM SIGGRAPH 2019 Posters - International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2019 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 2019 Jul 28 → …

Publication series

NameACM SIGGRAPH 2019 Posters, SIGGRAPH 2019

Conference

ConferenceACM SIGGRAPH 2019 Posters - International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2019
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period19/7/28 → …

Keywords

  • Artificial Tail
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomimicry
  • Embodied Robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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