Pencil balancing robot

Swiss researchers were able improve a robots balancing abilities by implementing a new type of visual processor. The problem of balancing objects have been known in robotics and large objects such as poles was known to be balanced before. However, an object as small as a pen needs a different type of processing system. Researchers were able to solve this problem by implementing silicon retinas, which focus only in the changes of illumination of objects. This also mimics human visual processing and allows less processing load for robot’s processor, therefore it can react more quickly. See video below: