The next generation of drones may be able to see in the dark without GPS
Drones provide valuable data for warfighters by acting as their eyes in inaccessible areas, using camera technology to “see” and record their surroundings. Yet, unlike the human eye, cameras don’t adjust well to darkness. That’s why a research team at the University of Zurich has developed a technology that will allow the military to operate drones in dark environments.
Drones “need to react quickly to moving objects in uneven lighting conditions. Conventional video cameras are too slow and specialized high-frame rate cameras produce too much data to process in real time,” said a spokesperson from iniLabs, an industry collaborator.
To solve this problem, the newly developed Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS) technology mimics the human
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