Flight simulator equipped with fast vision flies

In the article, the researchers described the movements of fruit flies tied to a flight simulator in a virtual

reality built with LED lighting and recorded with high speed cameras.

Jean-Michel Mongeau, Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering andthe director of the Bio-Motion Systems Lab, and his colleagues were able to determine how fruit flies use eye movements to quickly coordinate wing movements. Because the eyes of the flies are attached to the head, scientists tracked head movements to determine where the flies were looking.

Although much of the previous research in thisSince the field has focused on wing movements, understanding how animals such as flies use active eye movements to control flight could greatly improve robotics.

Most robots currently havestationary sensors not related to detection and motion. However, better simulating the eyes and brain through the coordination of visual sensors capable of moving around the body can significantly improve the flight control of robots.

Also, the researchers determined that the eyesfruit flies are able to react four times faster than the body or wings of an animal. These responses were also closely related, demonstrating that flies rely heavily on eye movements to coordinate their wing movements.

The researchers note that many ingenious technologies have already been created in nature, they just need to be found and used, as they did with flies.

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