Researchers are developing a new technology that could give robots the visual capacity that they will monitor areas poorly lit and pilots vehicles in extreme environmental conditions.
They plan to build a chip that eliminates the effects of an arbitrary illumination, allowing robotic vision to leave its current narrow limits and works well only in controlled laboratory conditions and will function perfectly in terms of erratic lighting of the real world.
In this first step, the researchers developed a software that simulates the entire circuit of the chip. The program alone is capable of discovering hidden details in images of shaded areas or with front lighting. The photos show the original images (left) and the images resulting from the treatment made by the program (right).
Chip of artificial vision
The new chip will run much more like a retina than as a traditional CCD sensor, the type used in digital cameras. The research, coordinated by the team’s vision specialist in robotics Vladimir Brajovic at Carnegie Mellon University, United States, has led the company emerging Intrigue Technologies