In an ideal world, I’m able to create complex biological forms in rhino, but we’ll see- this project will give me an idea of what’s possible.

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Some sketches:

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Still trying to figure out the best design for the setae such that they actually stimulate the skin  when moved.  A hinge would be cool but difficult.  Also, if there’s time (there’s not), I would like to cast the base of each seta in silicone, to create a nice texture against the face.

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In the insect, sensory hairs transduce mechanical motion into electrical signals, which are relayed to their tiny brains.
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..even fruit flies have brains: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_by_number_of_neurons