The human retina is the most amazing camera lense ever made. Image sensor technology could only wish to reproduce that kind of resolution and frame rate speed. Well, thanks to developments in European-funded research, technology is giving biology a run for its money.
Developments in neuromorphic 'silicon retina' sensors, which mimic the biological retina's information processing capability are helping to bring artifical vision up to speed on what biology does, well, naturally. But applications for this technology are limited by their low quantum efficiency and their inability to combine high-quality spatial and temporal processing on the same chip.
The EU-backed Seebetter project is keen to find solutions to these technical challenges. In so doing, they stand to revolutionise artificial vision by providing fast, low-power sensors with biology's superior local gain control and spatio-temporal processing. Such sensors would find immediate and wide application in industry, and provide natural vision prostheses for the blind. That would be something definitely worth seeing.