FaceAccess. The $30 Portable Face Recognition System
The project,”FaceAccess : A Portable Face Recognition System,” is a portable face recognition system which cost the two students only $28.77 worth of materials to create.
According to Harding and Jubinski:
“We created a standalone face recognition system for access control. Users enroll in the system with the push of a button and can then log in with a different button. Face recognition uses an eigenface method. Initial testing indicates an 88% successful login rate with no false positives.”
“There are currently commercially available systems for face recognition, but they are bulky, expensive, and proprietary. Our goal was to create a portable low-cost system. Our design consists of an Atmel ATmega644 8-bit microcontroller, a C3088 camera module with an OmniVision OV6620 CMOS image sensor, Atmel’s AT45DB321D Serial Dataflash, a Varitronix MDLS16264 LCD module for output, a 9-volt battery, and a small wooden structure for chin support.”
Essentially the system, for those that don’t understand the technical aspects of the above (hand raised), works when FaceAccess is connected to a computer. The computer learns the pattern-recognition system, after which it can retain the profiles of new users, and delete old users. As a stand-alone system, FaceAccess can recognize up to 20 enrolled users.
For a more detailed explanation of the system and all that went into developing it, the creators have posted all information on FaceAccess here.
Would you attempt to create your own FaceAccess system or purchase one if made commercially available? If so, what would you use the device for?