Bug-Eye Camera, Fly Robot and other Bio-Inspired Tech
Posted on May 9, 2013
By David Coppedge
Like a bee sees. A new digital camera gets a visit from its inspiration in this composite image. Credit: University of Illinois/Beckman Institute [Photo on right – “X”]
Incredible advancements in technology are coming from the imitation of nature, but engineers cannot yet attain animal performance.
Look like a bug: “New Camera Inspired by Insect Eyes,” announced Science Now. If you thought insects with their compound eyes had inferior vision to ours, think that no more:
An insect’s compound eye is an engineering marvel: high resolution, wide field of view, and incredible sensitivity to motion, all in a compact package. Now, a new digital camera provides the best-ever imitation of a bug’s vision, using new optical materials and techniques. This technology could someday give patrolling surveillance drones the same exquisite vision as a dragonfly on the hunt.
In the Illustra film Metamorphosis, Dr. Thomas Emmel notes that butterflies have better color vision than humans. They can see from infrared to ultraviolet. And in the Illustra film Darwin’s Dilemma, we see that compound eyes existed in the Cambrian multicellular animals, including trilobites and anomalocaridids….
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