Retina inspired sensors serve different purposes

How is our vision generated and how is it different from the way humans generate images and videos? This is one of the main questions that the French company Prophesee Prophesee has asked itself for the development of vision sensors. Inspired by the human retina, which generates vision through cells known as rods and cones, the company has been able to generate devices the size of common sensors that detect changes in movement with high resolution. One of the distinctive characteristics of thm is that common vision sensors work as a sequence of images just like videos, with a high consumption of data and energy. Inspired also by the principle of biomimicry that states that nature employs low energy processes, sensors act according to the intensity of the movement, just as it happens in the retina. This drastically reduces the energy used in systems that are composed of the company's products.

What are the applications that these sensors can have? Several manufacturing processes are benefited. The video presented by the company on its website highlights the detection of damage to equipment in production plants by detecting the change in frequency when they present a problem, such as in the case of medium and high power engines; it can also perform well in the accounting of product units as in the case of agribusiness, where grains like soybeans and corn can be counted; In the automotive world, they can be used to in cars to detect the movement of nearby cars, obstacles or pedestrians that are on the road. These are just some of the applications that this biomimicry-based solution offers.

Source: Prophesee

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