January 31, 2013

Face detection and tracking with Arduino and OpenCV

Using Open Computer Vision software, a webcam and an Arduino, Hazim Bitar has created an inexpensive facial-tracking system that works. The OpenCV software takes care of the facial recognition, and sends the commands back to an Arduino which controls servos to align the wecam. There's an interesting synergy between the software tools, and the result is cheaper than a commercial unit. Watch the video below for a quick demonstration:

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