Superfast Robotic Camera Mimics Human Eye

Superfast Robotic Camera Mimics Human Eye

Posted On: November 2, 2010
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Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have built an amazing mechanism for tilting and panning a small camera robotically. It was designed to keep up with the eye movements of a human in gaze-tracking studies.

It’s an amazing piece of engineering and is fascinating to watch. The camera mount features three degrees of movement, and can move around at 2500 degrees per second. For comparison, our eyes max out at a 1000. It uses ultrasonic piezo-actuators, which move prismatic joints, which in turn drive spherically-jointed rods attached to the camera. The weight is under 100 grams.