DARPA is working on a new project to develop an infrared camera inspired by the human brain that requires less processing and energy and can perform better on military missions.
DARPA has announced the launch of an infrared camera and neuromorphic electronics (FENCE) program. The main goal of this project is to improve the performance of computer vision by mimicking the function of the human brain in information processing.
The project research team is tasked with developing an infrared camera that requires less data processing and can run faster than previous models with less power consumption. Advances in imaging technologies have made the equipment used in this field much more needed than in the past. While modern cameras can capture very high resolution images and easily track subjects, their need for more powerful processors to process large amounts of information has increased, requiring a lot of time and energy.
Under normal conditions, such as flying in a clear sky, such cameras can perform well; But it can take a long time to produce output if the image detail is increased, as we see in military operations. As a result, DARPA has decided to develop new technologies for use in sensitive situations that can process images in a short time.
Instead of capturing and processing all parts of the image, such technologies focus only on the modified pixels to require less processing. A similar process is seen in the human brain that can quickly process and report changes seen by the eyes without wasting much time analyzing information in the brain. To achieve this goal, special infrared sensors are needed that use advanced technologies to parse information and discard unnecessary data. Digital signal learning and processing algorithms can also be very useful in the process to process complex backgrounds and related changes.
The final product is expected FENCE project Requires only 1.5 watts of power. The new technology can be used in addition to military applications in various other fields such as drones, robotics and infrared interception.