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 Researchers create all seeing 'eye'

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Date posted: 06/01/2009

The remarkable ability of insects to look in all directions at once has been emulated by a team of international scientists who have built an artificial 'eye' with an unobstructed all-round view.

Scientists at The Vision Center in Australia say the Perspex globe, designed primarily as a scientific tool to investigate how insects see, navigate and learn, also has potential uses for guiding robot vehicles and aircraft, providing low-cost panoramic security surveillance and novel lighting systems.

?Panoramic vision means you have far more information with which to monitor and control your own movement in the world. Insects, in some ways, do this better than we do because they can see all round them at once,? explains Dr Jochen Zeil of The Vision Centre and the Australian National University.

?Many sorts of wide-angle and panoramic devices have been designed before, but this one gives a wider field of view without obstruction, while being rugged and light-weight.?

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