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

By Jason Fitzpatrick on May 17th, 2011

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
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