Prosthetic tail artificial anthropomorphic 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 paper, we propose an exploratory biomimicry-inspired anthropomorphic tail design to allow engineering and expanding human body functions. 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 describe the design and implementation process, and highlight potential applications for using such prosthetic tail.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2019
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450365475
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 11
Event10th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2019 - Reims, France
Duration: 2019 Mar 112019 Mar 12

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference10th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2019
CountryFrance
CityReims
Period19/3/1119/3/12

Keywords

  • Artificial tail
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomimicry
  • Embodied robotics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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