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Stomatopod or Mantis Shrimp

Stomatopod or Mantis Shrimp

This is my 2.01st attempt at creating and maintaining a website. This is still a hobby project. Instead of narrating what went wrong in my previous attempts, the lessons I learnt are that I should do what is necessary first rather than what I wish to do. Yes, they seem very similar, but that is what failed me last time. And I will respect readers time and effort by not posting information only for their reading palate, but things that are practically working, tested by me and could be tried and experimented and even improved on by others.

This website will be dedicated to IP, CV, ML, AI and Robotics primarily. If you ask what they stand for, let me google that for you. 🙂

The audience will be students, professionals and hobbyists who have a genuine interest in one or more of these fields and who are not content with just reading about this stuff but who have the will to implement and see if it works for themselves. I will enjoy if visitors interact with me and others in appreciating, suggesting improvements and pointing out mistakes.

I plan to add at least 3 posts per month, which means I will be adding posts approximately every 7 to 10 days.

I am doing this because I want to do this. I want to learn by doing stuff.

This time a small marine animal named Mantis Shrimp or Stomatopod, inspired me to start this adventure. I found it at the top of a list of 10 animals with incredible eyes. For the time being, please enjoy this TED video by the Biologist and Biomechanics researcher – Sheila Patek.

This video is what went right this time! 

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  • Joe

    Hi Anand, do you use FPGAs?

    • No Joe, I have not used FPGAs till now. But why do you ask? I mean, what made you ask that?

  • Bharat

    Very nice video … OpenCV with eyes of StomatoPod 🙂

  • Amol M

    Nice video. Little creature, and its pounding speed!!! 🙂

    • Yeah man, I was stunned at the awesome speed, force and most of all – vision – of this small marine creature!

      From the link http://listverse.com/2010/12/12/10-animals-with-incredible-eyes/ :

      “And finally, we get to the animal with the weirdest and most amazing eyes in the world. The mantis shrimp is not actually a shrimp, but a different kind of crustacean from the Stomatopoda order. Known for its aggressiveness and formidable weaponry (they have an extremely sharp and powerful claw and can split a human finger in two or even break a glass aquarium with one single strike), mantis shrimp are voracious predators found mostly in tropical waters. Their eyes are compound, like those of the dragonfly, although they have a far smaller number of ommatidia (about 10.000 per eye); however, in the mantis shrimp each ommatidia row has a particular function. For example, some of them are used to detect light, others to detect color, etc. Mantis shrimp have much better color vision than humans (their eyes having 12 types of color receptors, whereas humans have only three), as well as ultraviolet, infrared and polarized light vision, thus having the most complex eyesight of any animal known. The eyes are located at the end of stalks, and can be moved independently from each other, rotating up to 70 degrees. Interestingly, the visual information is processed by the eyes themselves, not the brain. Even more bizarre; each of the mantis shrimp’s eyes is divided in three sections allowing the creature to see objects with three different parts of the same eye. In other words, each eye has “trinocular vision” and complete depth perception, meaning that if a mantis shrimp lost an eye, its remaining eye would still be able to judge depth and distance as well as a human with his two eyes. Scientists are only starting to understand the mysteries of Stomatopod vision; for the moment, we can only imagine what the world really looks like to a mantis shrimp.”

      Stomatopod is ranked no. 1 there!