April 2013 Issue
The Fine Art of Sensing the Wind
The cheapest wind indicators are bestowed at birth: your nose, the back of your neck, and your fingers. Forget digital precision; these wind indicators are dialed in. They even sense changes in temperature that, in squally weather, can signal a sudden backing wind. Even the most sophisticated wind sensors can’t compete with a direct skin-to-brain link. The next step up from our dermal cells is a bit of yarn in the shrouds—super light Angora wool, if you’re a stickler. Here, the eyes intervene in the process, so the brain must do a bit more exercise. We’ll call this soft technology.
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