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Title: An artificial sensory neuron with visual-haptic fusion
Authors: Wan, Changjin
Cai, Pingqiang
Guo, Xintong
Wang, Ming
Matsuhisa, Naoji
Yang, Le
Lv, Zhisheng
Luo, Yifei
Loh, Xian Jun
Chen, Xiaodong
Keywords: Engineering::Materials
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Wan, C., Cai, P., Guo, X., Wang, M., Matsuhisa, N., Yang, L., Lv, Z., Luo, Y., Loh, X. J. & Chen, X. (2020). An artificial sensory neuron with visual-haptic fusion. Nature Communications, 11(1), 4602-.
Journal: Nature Communications
Abstract: Human behaviors are extremely sophisticated, relying on the adaptive, plastic and event-driven network of sensory neurons. Such neuronal system analyzes multiple sensory cues efficiently to establish accurate depiction of the environment. Here, we develop a bimodal artificial sensory neuron to implement the sensory fusion processes. Such a bimodal artificial sensory neuron collects optic and pressure information from the photodetector and pressure sensors respectively, transmits the bimodal information through an ionic cable, and integrates them into post-synaptic currents by a synaptic transistor. The sensory neuron can be excited in multiple levels by synchronizing the two sensory cues, which enables the manipulating of skeletal myotubes and a robotic hand. Furthermore, enhanced recognition capability achieved on fused visual/haptic cues is confirmed by simulation of a multi-transparency pattern recognition task. Our biomimetic design has the potential to advance technologies in cyborg and neuromorphic systems by endowing them with supramodal perceptual capabilities.
ISSN: 2041-1723
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-18375-y
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