Neuromorphic hardware growing up?

In this study scientists from ETH in Zurich have constructed a robotic goal keeper using an asynchronous silicon retina. Similar to a frog’s eye the retina chip detects fast changes in the visual input and sends these as singular events via USB to a computer. Quick movement of an incoming ball entails a lot of such events which facilitates the analysis for the CPU. The “goal keeper” which is a single paper hand on a servo motor seems quite efficient at blocking incoming shots (check out the video) while causing only low CPU occupancy, so the authors. To me it seems a nice demonstration that neuromorphicly inspired hardware will have its uses.

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