Nov 252005
 
AMouse - A robot mouse with whiskers

source: M. Fend

As part of the Artificial Mouse (AMOUSE) Project, researchers from the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Zurich have developed a robotic mouse, the AMouse, that navigates by means of an omnidirectional camera, several light sensors, and two active artificial whisker arrays. In nature, vibrissae, better known as whiskers, are important sensors for short-range navigation and environmental exploration. The goal of the research is to learn more about the biology and neurology of rodent behavior and to study the way that the input from long and medium range sensors like the camera and light detectors function with and compliment the short range, somatosensory input provided by the whiskers.

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