November 6, 2012

Can Fake Whiskers Help Humans 'See?'

Ian Steadman, Wired UK

AP Photo

People can learn to "see" with plastic whiskers attached to their fingers, heralding the potential of a next generation of sight aids that could take advantage of the human ability to adapt to new kinds of sensory perception.

A study from the Weizmann Institute has suggested that people can learn to use prosthetic whiskers to gain a better understanding of their surroundings just like a cat can.

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TAGGED: Sensation, Senses, Perception, Whiskers


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