Tracking space debris among projects by event-based inventors

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Prophesee has highlighted development work using neuromorphic sensing with the launch of its Inventors Community.

The first five projects Prophesee features include Gensight Biologics’ work to restore sight to blind patients; a project at the National University of Singapore to give robots a human sense of touch; and tracking space debris by researchers at Western Sydney University.

The other two projects are: a device Cambridge Consultants has developed for next-generation cell therapy; and work by Heriot-Watt University, University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde to track particles at high speed.

A growing community of more than 2,200 inventors is making use of Prophesee’s neuromorphic vision sensors, software, and development tools.

The Inventors Community aims to foster this event-based vision ecosystem by providing a platform to feature breakthrough developments and inspire future projects, collaborations and creativity.

‘Our company strategy and industry focus depend on the innovation and application-specific implementation of the ecosystem around our foundation technology. We could never have anticipated the level of creativity shown from these inventors using Prophesee’s technologies,’ said Luca Verre, co-founder and CEO of Prophesee. ‘We hope that by providing them a platform to showcase their work, they will inspire future inventors, and, like the projects here, they can create something new together and reveal the invisible.’

Prophesee won the Vision Award at this year’s Vision show in Stuttgart for its neuromorphic sensing technology, which operates differently to frame-based approaches. Instead of recording frame by frame, neuromorphic sensors only record changes in the scene.

Cambridge Consultants’ PureSentry device uses a Prophesee Metavision sensor and AI models to detect contaminants in cell therapy production. The device cuts down testing time from weeks to minutes, according to Cambridge Consultants.

Gensight Biologics recently published the first case report of partial recovery of visual function in a blind patient with late-stage retinitis pigmentosa using optogenetic retinal stimulation. Prophesee Metavision sensing technologies were used in a light-stimulating medical device – in the form of goggles – combined with gene therapy.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University and University of Strathclyde used event-based vision in microfluidic analysis. The team managed to profile particles down to 1µm, capture data at a time resolution equivalent of 20,000 images per second, using standard fluorescence microscope and lighting.

Researchers at the Collaborative, Learning, and Adaptive Robots (CLeAR) lab and TEE Research Group at National University of Singapore are using event-based vision, in combination with touch, to give robots a sense of touch to help them grip and identify objects. The team’s skin sensor reaches speeds 1,000-times faster than human’s sensory system and their system enabled rotational slip detection in 0.08s.

Finally, Astrosite is a neuromorphic-inspired mobile telescope observatory, developed by the International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) at Western Sydney University. The telescope is using event-based sensing as a more efficient and low-power alternative for space situational awareness to help address the issue of space debris. Their system enables continuous day and night operations at microsecond time resolution while generating 10-times to 1,000-times less data.

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