Real feline tails are functional and expressive. With animatronics, we can bring these properties to fursuits.
In-tail sells an animatronic canine-type tail.
Our first design idea is inspired by real vertebral columns. It includes many 3D-printed plastic vertebrae connected by rubber intervertebral discs. This design should allow the tail to bend in any direction, like a real tail. Three control cables run through each vertebra near the outer rim and attach to the vertebra at the end of the tail. The tail can be moved by pulling on the cables.
With two sets of cables, two sections of the tail can be controlled separately. The first set of cables attach to the vertebra halfway along the tail, and control the near half. The second set of cables extends all the way to the end, to control the far half of the tail.