Researchers suggest understanding bees could lead to better robots

Bees have been a popular topic of study for sometime due to their social nature and ability to develop complex social structures with little of the command and control hierarchy so common in human societies.

Interestingly, researchers from the University of Sheffield believe that greater understanding of bees could also herald a breakthrough in the development of autonomous robots.

A paper, recently published in PLOS, explores the creation of a computer model to explore how bees avoid hitting walls.  The team were looking at understanding the visual capabilities of the bees that enable them to understand movement around them and thus avoid bumping into things.

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