Samsung has used IBM’s neuromorphic computer processors, built under the latter company’s TrueNorth project, to create digital ‘eyes’ that see in real time. The IBM TrueNorth processors are composed of 4096 small cores that simulate brain neurons, the primary advantage being faster data processing with lower comparative energy usage. Combined with Samsung’s Dynamic Vision Sensor, the technology functions somewhat like a digital eye, perceiving the world by changing each pixel independently of the others to record movement.

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology’s VP of Research Eric Ryu detailed the technology at an IBM Research event in San Jose last week. Unlike ordinary cameras, this DVS-based camera only changes pixels when necessary to record the movement of specific objects while other pixels remain unchanged. Because of the unique pixel technology, this camera can process video at 2000 fps while using only about 300mW of energy. 

The combination of super high frame rates and exceptionally low energy consumption makes the technology useful for other types of technology, including self-driving cars, robots, gesture-recognizing gadgets, and more. Samsung envisions projects that utilize many of these chips stacked together; a 16-chip stack would be akin to utilizing nearly 86 billion brain neurons.

Via: CNET, Inilabs