From the touch project, I got inspiration from how my cat’s whiskers which has different kinds of statues everyday. I do some research about the whiskers. There are three main roles about it:
The cat’s whiskers can feel the slight changes in the surrounding. For example, there are different airflows around different furniture in the house which can help them avoid obstacles.
If the cats feel dangerous or nervous, their whiskers will be set backward.
- Measure the size of a hole
The length of a cat’s is about the same as its body width. If the whiskers don’t fit/touch the hole or only touch it, they can make sure that they don’t get stuck when they drill into it.
My idea is to make a mask with few whiskers stick on top of it. When the people put the mask on, they can firstly feel if there had obstacles around them.
Beside the ultrasound, animals can still sense one hundred infrasound’s of sounds per second. Even the low-level invertebrate jellyfish can hear infrasound waves that humans cannot hear. Jellyfish’s umbrella edge has an ear-like feel ball and feels that the ball contains a calcium balance of small stones. When the storm comes, an infrasound wave will be produced. The jellyfish will have heard it and it is time to flee.
The ear of a cockroach grows on the ball joint of the big forefoot and has a thin film. It can feel the vibration of the sound. The ear of the fly is behind the base of the wing; the ear of the moth is either in the chest or in the abdomen; the ears of the fleas and crickets are on the forelegs of the forelegs; the cymbals are under the tummy.
Therefore, I want to experience how a cockroach hear sounds.
Using some wires with the wool entangled around to make the ‘ear’ on people’s feet. While you are walking you can feel the vibrate. What’s more, I will make a controller on your hand and you will put on a headset which you can distinguish which vibrate represent to which sounds.
Scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia conducted an in-depth study of the color vision system of cartilaginous fish. They were surprised to find that although salmon has full-color vision, sharks are all color blind.
Most of the previous studies focused on the composition of opsin. Opsins are found in visual cells and fall into two major categories: cones and rods. The rod proteins work in low light, but they do not discern color; cones work only in bright environments and can identify colors. With color vision, it requires the participation of multiple opsins. Previous researchers have found that some apes have multiple cone and rod proteins, so their world is colored; whereas sharks have only one kind of cone, they cannot recognize all colors.
Therefore, I’m going to do two drawings about how different between sharks see the world and human being does.
Smell (collaborate with Cindy)
Skunks are North and South American mammals in the family Mephitidae. The animals are known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong unpleasant smell. Different species of skunk vary in appearance from black-and-white to brown, cream or ginger colored, but all have warning coloration. Even diluting many times, people in the street still can smell it. It tastes like scorched rubber tires; 200 people crowds together who have not taken a shower for 5 years. No matter how you describe that kind of smell, you will never forget once you smell it.
Taste (collaborate with Zoe)
Cats is a small, furry carnivorous mammal. They often called house cats. “Cats have lots of protein per calorie, and they are easy to make. Many cats like corn, and polenta, a coarsely ground cornmeal, has a good texture for them, you can try brown rice, barley, and wheat berries, but you may need to mash them first. Cats tend to like smaller grains like millet and couscous. Just make sure any grains you give are cooked so your kitty can digest them fully. Whole wheat breadcrumbs are OK.
(Going to play a game with the class—How cats eat)