JRM Vol.13 No.6 pp. 621-624
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2001.p0621


Flying Robot with Biologically Inspired Vision

Michinori Ichikawa, Hitoshi Yamada and Johane Takeuchi

Lab. for Brain-operative Device, Riken BSI, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan

August 22, 2001
October 23, 2001
December 20, 2001
CCD, FPGA, brain-type computer, autonomous optical flow, helicopter
An autonomous helicopter controlled by biologically inspired vision detects the displacement of altitude with real-time video processing, using has 2 CCD video cameras to see landscape objects and processing circuitry with an FPGA. Each image is divided into 800 areas for edge detection, used to detect displacement. Each of these small areas works as an ommatidium, i.e., the compound eye of an insect. In a typical indoor setting (objects such as desks, walls, etc.) visual feedback was not sufficient to realize stable hovering, but additional external feedback helps keep the unstable robot in more stable flight.
Cite this article as:
M. Ichikawa, H. Yamada, and J. Takeuchi, “Flying Robot with Biologically Inspired Vision,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.13 No.6, pp. 621-624, 2001.
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