More tests wearing prosthesis

March 1, 2018

 And so I dawned my cones again, looking to get used to moving with the prosthetics on my body. I concentrated on moving through the environment instead of being able so see much or feel my way through the environment it left like I had plug in to a deeper sense of spatial awareness. The cones on my hands and face became more like that of a cats whiskers. Lots of mammals have whiskers and they allow them to have a sense of their environment in the dark, there is no feeling in the actual whisker but the animal can feels the impact at the base of the whisker and I used my claws in similar ways. I found that after a while I could visualise the space in my head through touch much how I would imagine a mole does. Sight wise, I could only see vaguely which direction light was in due to it peeping past my mask, only being able to see light and dark also reminded me of the sight of a mole as they reportedly can only see light and dark. I learnt to rely on my hearing to understand what material I was interacting with when I tapped my claw against it, depending on what sound bounced back I gauged what it was. Navigating around a space in this way felt very instinctual.

 

I experimented with different ways of wearing the prosthetics in order to feel more akin to different branches of the animal kingdom, sometimes crouching and using both my claws and snout to feel the space, other times walking on the claws and only using my snout to feel, at one point I took the card and wood from the claw prosthetics and wore just the felt over my arms so I could crawl on my knees lower to the ground.

 

This brings us to the very long foot prosthetics inspired by the long hock seen on the hind legs of lots of 4 legged animals, I found it very hard to balance on these, but I did find comfort on perching on them like a flamingo, walking on them made me move like a new born lamb. I think these definitely need more ajustments as they were very difficult to more in. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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