National Natural Science Foundation of China (61373047, 61672437), the projects supported by the State Key Laboratory of Robotics No. 2014-O09, by Scientific Research Foundation of CUIT under Grant No. J201508, by Scientific Research Fund of Sichuan Provincial Science & Technology Department under Grant No. 2015GZ0304, and by Fund of Robot Technology Used for Special Environment Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province No. 14zxtk04.
An artificial compound eye system is the bionic system of natural compound eyes with much wider field-of-view, better capacity to detect moving objects and higher sensitivity to light intensity than ordinary single-aperture eyes. In recent years, renewed attention has been paid to the artificial compound eyes, due to their better characteristics inheriting from insect compound eyes than ordinary optical imaging systems. This paper provides a comprehensive survey of the state-of-the-art work on artificial compound eyes. This review starts from natural compound eyes to artificial compound eyes including their system design, theoretical development and applications. The survey of artificial compound eyes is developed in terms of two main types: planar and curved artificial compound eyes. Finally, the most promising future research developments are highlighted.