One sensor (cantilever) of the MEMS cochlea (without feedback). Credit: TU Ilmenau/Michael Reichel.
In recent years, electronics engineers have developed a wide range of systems inspired by human and animal biology. By closely replicating complex biological processes, these systems could ultimately tackle numerous real-world problems more reliably and effectively.
Researchers at Technische Universität Ilmenau, Kiel University, University College Cork, Karlsruher Institute of Technology and Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology Ilmenau recently created a new microelectromechanical sensor inspired by the cochlea, the spiral-shaped cavity in the human inner ear that produces nerve impulses in response to sounds vibrations. …