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August 19 2013

How Dragonflies Could Help Scientists Build Better Robots


New research into the visual system of dragonflies could one day improve target detection and tracking in robotics, according to a pair of Australian researchers.

Steven Wiederman and David O'Carroll from the Center for Neuroscience Research at the University of Adelaide in Australia have been studying insect vision in the hopes of improving artificial vision for robotics and to develop neural prosthetics. They've found that dragonflies have an unusual visual circuit that allows them to see dark moving objects.

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