The Octopus as Eyewitness

September 29, 2003 | Source: Wired News

A silicon chip that mimics the structure and functionality of an octopus retina has been created by Albert Titus, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University at Buffalo.

The “o-retina” chip can process images just like an octopus eye does. It could give sight to rescue or research robots, allowing them to see more clearly than human eyes.

His ultimate goal: build a complete artificial vision system, including a brain that mimics the visual systems of various animals to enhance human vision.