Sensory inventions

Posted: 13 May, 2016

By: Annabella Sequeira

Section: Education, Wellness

Sensory inventions

I have recently spent a large portion of my time researching and reading interesting articles about how the senses work and the brain mechanisms behind it all.

During this time I came across the work of Thomas Edison who we owe our music listening pleasure to. He was hard of hearing and had been interested in speech and sound development which led him to identify that sounds create vibrations.

Sounds and vibrations:

Edison realised that specific sounds created consistent and specific movements across a diaphragm-like surface, which is very similar to how our ears work.

He then worked on recording the sound vibrations onto surfaces that were durable and could sustain numerous play-backs hence the invention of the phonograph, gramophone and vinyl records.

Who would have thought that the unique way in which the sensory systems work could contribute to ingenious inventions and revolutions in industry?

Imagine if we could be more in tune with our own sensory systems and use this information to enhance our daily performance!