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Raspberry Pi Object Detection

Use a Raspberry Pi and a USB web camera for computer vision with OpenCV and TensorFlow Lite. This project aims to provide a starting point of using Pi & CV in your own projects.

Package Dependency

This project is dependent on the following packages:

  • Python 3.5, 3.6, 3.7
  • OpenCV-Python
  • TensorFlow Lite

Hardware Support

  • Raspberry 1 Model B, Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi Zero and Raspberry Pi 3/4 (preferable)
  • Any USB camera supported by Raspberry Pi
  • The official camera module is NOT yet supported by this code, but you can modify the code to use it (Google Raspberry Pi Offical Camera with OpenCV). In the future I will add support.


Currently the following applications are implemented:

1. Camera Test

Test the RPi and OpenCV environment. You are expected to see video streams from your USB camera if everything is set right.

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2. Motion Detection

Detect object movements in the image and print a warning message if any movement is detected. This detection is based on the mean squared error (MSE) of the difference between two images.

3. Object Tracking (color-based)

Track an object based on its color (green/blue) and print its center position. alt text

4. Object Tracking (feature-based)

(unfinished) Track an object based on its feature. Sample images have to be provided.

5. Object Detection with TensorFlow

(unfinished) Use TensorFlow Lite to recognise objects.

How to Run

1. Install the environment on Raspberry Pi

sudo apt-get install libopencv-dev python3-opencv
sudo apt-get install libatlas-base-dev
pip3 install virtualenv Pillow numpy scipy pygame

2. Install TensorFlow Lite

pip3 install --upgrade setuptools
pip3 install tensorflow-2.1.0-cp37-cp37m-linux_armv7l.whl
pip3 install -e .

3. Run Scripts

Run scripts in the /src folder: $python3

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