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The influence of the surface topography of distributed sensor networks on perception
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This work investigates the effects of surface topography of the distributed sensor networks on perception through the differences in sensor readings. Compound eyes are found in some insects and crustaceans. Lateral inhibition is a biological signal processing which can increase contrast, enhancing perception. It is known that eye convexity helps increase field of view (FOV). A series of experiments were carried out to understand the effect of surface topography on local contrast gradient. Two sets of sensor networks of 5 × 5 were constructed. In the first network the board holding the sensors was a flat circuit board, whereas the second one was given a radius of curvature of roughly 30 cm. All readings were recorded in a dark chamber. Sensor networks were illuminated by a light source whose coordinates could be adjusted. Results are tabulated. It is seen that eye convexity in compound eyes improves perception, as well as FOV.