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Build a $30 Face Recognition Scanner to Secure Your Evil Lab

Just because you’re operating on a shoestring budget doesn’t mean you need sub-par evil genius gear. Build a face recognition scanner for under $30.

For their capstone project in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Cornell, Brian Harding and Cat Jubunski decided to build a stand alone face recognition system. Despite the very high cost of commercial models they built a successful model for under $30. Check out the video above to see it in action then hit up the link below for an extremely detailed build guide including schematics, source code, parts lists, and more.

FaceAccess: A Portable Face Recognition System [via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/17/11

Comments (5)

  1. Tom

    They should adapt this technology to work with ATMs.

  2. gilteon

    Most face recognition systems can be fooled by a paper printout of the person’s face. Not good security at all.

  3. Andy

    No ATM face scanners! How many times have you let a friend, relative or significant other borrow your card in a pinch?

  4. Vlad

    Generally the fingerprint is the best bet. It could also possibly be reconstructed using similar technology, and if what “gilteon” says is true, then it would be more secure. And I have never lent my card…

  5. Tim

    I say DNA sample all the way. A little poke while you are at the ATM!

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