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Elizabeth Montalbano

September 4, 2012

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Robotic Camera Mimics Human Eye Movements

Researchers at Georgia Tech have made a breakthrough in their work to make robots function more similarly to humans with the creation of a camera that has the potential to move similarly to the muscles of the human eye.

Researchers in the university's George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering developed a robotic mechanism that can orient a camera using muscle-like cellular actuators that mimic the movements of human eye muscles rather than use traditional robotic motors.

The work is part of ongoing research into an area of robotics called compliance, which is to make robotic movements more flexible -- similar to the movements humans make, said Joshua Schultz, a Ph.D. candidate at the university and one of the researchers on the project, in an interview. Research in cellular actuation could pave the way for the design of more flexible cameras and devices for medical procedures and surgeries to complement the work of doctors and clinicians, he said.


About the Author(s)

Elizabeth Montalbano

Elizabeth Montalbano has been a professional journalist covering the telecommunications, technology and business sectors since 1998. Prior to her work at Design News, she has previously written news, features and opinion articles for Phone+, CRN (now ChannelWeb), the IDG News Service, Informationweek and CNNMoney, among other publications. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she also has lived and worked in Phoenix, Arizona; San Francisco and New York City. She currently resides in Lagos, Portugal. Montalbano has a bachelor's degree in English/Communications from De Sales University and a master's degree from Arizona State University in creative writing.

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