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Flinders University Scientists Use Biology from Insects to Build Robots with a Brain

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The robot can understand the vision it captures from a camera.

Said Russell Brinkworth at Flinders University, "What we've been able to do is design a system that is far more accurate and doesn't rely on human judgement."

Credit: ABC News (Australia)

Researchers at Australia's Flinders University are inspired by insect biology to build robots equipped with a brain capable of comprehending their environment.

Flinders' Russell Brinkworth reverse-engineered biological processes observed in insects like flies and dragonflies to enable robots to interpret images captured by camera and to adapt to their surroundings.

Said Brinkworth, "The way that insects interpret the world is very similar to the way primates and even humans interpret the world. We just do it on a larger scale."

The camera he has developed can locate drones or surveillance balloons from kilometers off, as well as finding animals camouflaged by forest "because it's able to look for, and enhance, the very subtle differences across different wavelengths of light," according to Brinkworth.

From ABC News (Australia)
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