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Could whiskers help the blind to see ?


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#1    Saru

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:32 PM

Rats use their whiskers to help sense the world around them - could the same thing work for humans ?

Science Daily said:

Rats use a sense that humans don't: whisking. They move their facial whiskers back and forth about eight times a second to locate objects in their environment. Could humans acquire this sense?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:53 PM

Could bring back the handlebar moustache with purpose!


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:43 PM

View Posthighdesert50, on 06 November 2012 - 01:53 PM, said:

Could bring back the handlebar moustache with purpose!

Lol   I don't think that will work for women. :D

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:47 PM

I'd rather be blind than look like a furry. :P

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:37 PM

Some blind people use echolocation to navigate, so why not some adaptive device that mimics the function of whiskers? Come to think of it, doesn't the cane so many blind people use serve a similar purpose?

Edited by moonshadow60, 06 November 2012 - 07:55 PM.


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 06:40 PM

And how is that supposed to work with women?


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:45 PM

View PostCuriousGreek, on 27 November 2012 - 06:40 PM, said:

And how is that supposed to work with women?

It doesn't work for men. I've got whiskers, I closed my eyes and walked into the wall.





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