QUICK QUIZ – Do you Know what this is?
It’s a silicon model of a finger that measures how our fingertips register sensations. It’s the brainchild of Asami Yonezawa, a promising young engineer in Mazda’s craftsmanship development group that researches into pleasurable sensations.
‘I wanted to measure the weight and vibrations felt by our fingertips, but I couldn’t do that by putting my own finger in a sensor. So I came up with the idea of making a silicon model instead.’
Sadly, soon after Yonezawa invented her silicon finger a more accurate measuring device was discovered and she didn’t have an opportunity to test it out. But her desire to take on challenges, as illustrated by this silicon finger project, would go on to revolutionize Mazda’s surface texturing techniques.