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Pencil Balancing With Pixels

Posted 24 Jan 2011 at 17:33 UTC by Rog-a-matic Share This

Researchers at the Institute of Neuroinformatics in Zurich are using their Silicon Retina (Website down due to disk crash) to perform a balancing trick normally reserved for biological systems. Balancing a pole is one thing, but balancing a tiny pencil is quite another due to the computational speed required, specifically the image processing part. Inspired by the human eye and visual cortex, the team is using a vision system that focuses on individual pixels to produce data quickly that, in turn, controls the motors that moves the base of the pencil. Watch the fascinating video

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