MIT Researchers Turn to Human Ear for Inspiration

MIT Researchers Turn to Human Ear for Inspiration
Sam Biddle
  • 19 june 2009

MIT researchers have engineered a massively-improved broadband radio chip that’s faster than any of its predecessors, while consuming 100 times less energy—drawing on inspiration from the structure of the human ear. The ‘RF Cochlea’ is built to mimic much of the functionality of the human cochlea—a spiral-shaped cavity deep inside the inner ear—and the MIT team hope it will prove powerful and flexible enough to replace the chips inside common radio wave-using devices such as cellphones and wireless routers. Rather than trying to trump the incredibly functionality of the human body, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science Rahul Sarpeshkar explains that his team tried to learn from it as much as possible: “The more I started to look at the ear, the more I realized it’s like a super radio with 3,500 parallel channels.”

[via Engadget, image via Daily Tech]

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