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Found a new book online may "bee" a good read


#1

it is freely available online

http://press.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/whole_book5.pdf


#2

Looks like a great read, I often wonder “What does a Honeybee see” as they do not have vision that we normally associate with the wider world.


#3

I’m still reading through the old experiments - I’ll let you know


#4

Thanks for the link.
Something to get into on a sunday night, decent malt in hand…when Homeland’s finished


#5

It is hard going technical and scientific about the previous experiments so far but wading my way through it.


#6

You’re a better man than me, "Charlie Brown"
I skimmed it and gave up…


#7

I’m used to reading technical papers - will tell you the up shot


#8

interesting titbit:-
“The new work in the 1980s on the perception of range from the angular velocity
of the surroundings by flying insects led directly to practical applications. We
formed collaboration with the research officer of the Guide Dogs for the Blind,
Tony Heyes. We conceived the idea that a person with damaged vision might be
assisted by an artificial insect eye stuck on the end of a finger, with an output in
the form of a vibrator on the wrist. The eye-on-finger successfully measured the
range and direction of the contrasting edges in view. Unfortunately, we could not
find an industrial collaborator because there was little profit in making gadgets
for the blind.
Eventually, when the design of seeing robots became an urgent
requirement after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, our efforts attracted the
attention of the Fujitsu Computer Company, which gave The Australian National
University $10 million for our know-how. Later, in the 1990s, the research was
also supported by the US Air Force, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA) and NASA, which installed our artificial insect vision system
into freely flying pilot-less helicopters and drone aeroplanes.”


#9

I don’t think anything ever came of this either