How to Make Smart Blinds using Facial Detection


Etan and I are going to show you how to make smart blinds using the Raspberry Pi and some components! The blinds will detect if a person is near it using facial detection and open. When a person moves away, it will close. We attached a servo motor to the blind to get it to do this automatically. I met Etan when I was attending Columbia in NYC and now he’s a software engineer at Square. I’ve known him as a hardware hacker, so I thought it’d be fun to collab! We started off soldering in a board, but in the end we decided to use a breadboard instead (so no need to solder) This was a 2 day project.

Code and instructions for this project:
https://github.com/llSourcell/hardware_demo

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https://www.raspberrypi.org/learning/getting-started-with-picamera/worksheet/
https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruits-raspberry-pi-lesson-8-using-a-servo-motor/hardware
https://learn.adafruit.com/category/raspberry-pi
http://docs.opencv.org/2.4.13/doc/tutorials/tutorials.html

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Video “How to Make Smart Blinds using Facial Detection” Author: Siraj Raval