Embedded Development Inspired by Natural Imaging Techniques

In the animal kingdom, one of the most perfect examples of bio-engineering is the eye. Do you know that there are over 50 types of eyes in the living world? The human eye is different than the compound eye of a house fly and both have unique functions.

Scientists around the world are trying to replicate the eye and create its bio-inspired counterpart. The eye, which is a marvelous piece of bio-engineering is much more advanced than anything on similar lines we have created yet. For instance, the eyes are able to process and transmit data as they change, unlike bio-inspired systems (on cameras for example) which have to transmit full frames again and again even where are no changes in the image. If a bio-inspired system with this property of the eye can be developed, it would change the face of current imaging technologies. Only embedded systems can bring such bio-engineering feats to fruition.

You might ask where can such systems be applied. Let us take the example of monitoring system (surveillance camera). Now we have surveillance cameras based on the design of the compound eye. These cameras have improved field angle and detecting efficiency than their older versions. They have not only reduced the complexity and cost of traditional panoramic networks, they have also reduced labor in monitoring.