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Why insects navigate more efficiently than robots

Science Daily

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University of Groningen
Summary:
Engineers have studied how insects navigate, for the purpose of developing energy-efficient robots.

With a brain the size of a pinhead, insects perform fantastic navigational feats. They avoid obstacles and move through small openings. How do they do this, with their limited brain power? Understanding the inner workings of an insect's brain can help us in our search towards energy-efficient computing, physicist Elisabetta Chicca of the University of Groningen demonstrates with her most recent result: a robot that acts like an insect.

It's not easy to make use of the images that come in through your eyes, when deciding what your feet or wings should do. A key aspect here is the apparent motion of things as you move.

'Like when you're on a train', Chicca explains. 'The trees nearby appear to move faster than the houses far away.

Read on: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2024/02/240212133153.htm

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