Researchers create the first artificial vision system for both land and water

Fri, 05 Aug 2022 04:32:50 GMT
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Synthetic vision systems can't simply evolve under natural habitats.

Dynamic visual systems that can navigate both land and water have yet to power our machines - leading researchers from MIT, the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, and Seoul National University in Korea to develop a novel artificial vision system that closely replicates the vision of the fiddler crab and is able to tackle both terrains.

A paper on this system, co-authored by Fredo Durand, an MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science and affiliate of the Computer Science and Artificial Ingelligence Laboratory, and 15 others, appears in the July issue of the journal Nature Electronics.

Both the amphibious and panoramic imaging capabilities were tested in in-air and in-water experiments by imaging five objects with different distances and directions, and the system provided consistent image quality and an almost 360-degree field of view in both terrestrial and aquatic environments.

Meaning: It could see both underwater and on land, where previous systems have been limited to a single domain.

Behind their massive claws exists a powerful, unique vision system that evolved from living both underwater and on land.

These can be clunky since they have to merge images taken from two or more cameras, and to enlarge the field of view, you need an optical system with a complex configuration, which causes image distortion.

During tests, five cutesy objects, at different distances were projected onto the artificial vision system from different angles.

Research Report:"An amphibious artificial vision system with a panoramic visual field".

Both environments are harsh and demanding, and both are far removed from the machine's operator.

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