August 08, 2014

Build a face-tracking turret with Arduino and OpenCV

Although the Arduino development platform is quite powerful, when harnessed to external technology it can play a part in a much larger or more involved system. One neat example of this is by enthusiast Luka Gabrić who has created an amazing face-tracking turret without too much effort.

The Arduino us used to control the turret, with servos for both the x- and y-axis rotations. This then communicates via USB to a host PC running python code and interfacing with OpenCV. This results with an incredibly responsive face-tracking system as demonstrated in the following video:

For details including the Arduino sketch and python code, visit Luka's interesting website. And for more, we're onfacebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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