What if you could take a selfie with your pet? It would be great for the planet
By Mark B. JohnsonA new technology called “social capture” is enabling us to take photos of our pets and share them with friends, family and the wider world, for example on social media.
And it could help us save the planet by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
A team of researchers from the University of Exeter, Oxford and the University at Albany have used a camera attached to a robotic arm to capture images of an imaginary animal in a field.
The researchers say their technique can be used for other purposes besides capturing animals.
According to a news release, the project is being funded by the British Geological Survey (BGS), the British Antarctic Survey (BAAS), and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
The project has been published in Nature Communications.
“We’ve demonstrated an algorithm that takes photos of a picture of an animal that is within 100 meters of the camera, and the algorithm takes a photo of the image, and stores it in a database, and that’s all that’s needed,” Dr. Jonathan Wysopal, an assistant professor of computational biology at Exeter University and lead author of the research, said in a statement.
“If you have a robot that can take a photo from a distance, you can easily capture that image and share it to your friends.”
In addition to the technology, the researchers have also created a program to take pictures of animals at a distance with a 3D printer, and use that image to create a 3-D map of the animal’s habitat.
“It’s a very cool way of capturing pictures of real animals,” Wysolowy said.
“It’s not the same as a digital photo, it’s not a camera, but it’s very much like the way we capture pictures of people, which are digital.
It’s quite simple to use this technology.
If you are interested in the technology or have questions about it, you should read up on the project, which is available online.”
The researchers hope to get funding for a larger program to apply their technology to a wider range of animals, from a fish to an insect to a frog.