Besides me being a big fan of both, according to recent a Business Insider article, researchers are emulating cats' whiskers to be input devices for robots.
From Business Insider:
"Cats get a surprising amount of data
through their whiskers, which operate like biological sensors to detect
moving air and aid in nighttime navigation. Popular Mechanics reports that scientists are at work to create whiskers for robots. It's called "biomimicry" — machines copycatting nature."
Click here to read more from Business Insider. http://www.businessinsider.com/robot-e-whiskers-2014-1
Students who participated in the 2013 Summer STEM Experience used simple whisker devices to control the movement of their robots. Look for more information about the 2014 Summer STEM Experience to be posted here soon.