Whiskers detect details: mammals
The whiskers of some mammals help detect detailed surface textures via tapered ends.
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"…We suggest that one of the main advantages of whisker taper, at least for active whiskers, is to provide a small diameter at the whisker tip, to allow for a finer probe of small surface features." (Williams & Kramer 2010:e8806)
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Sensors that can detect microscale defects in products. Improved robotic mechanoreceptors for tactile perception.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Electronics, manufacturing, engineering, robotics
Dr. Eric Kramer
Bard College at Simon's Rock