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Learning OpenCV 4 Computer Vision with Python 3 - Third Edition

By : Joseph Howse, Joe Minichino
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Learning OpenCV 4 Computer Vision with Python 3 - Third Edition

By: Joseph Howse, Joe Minichino

Overview of this book

Computer vision is a rapidly evolving science, encompassing diverse applications and techniques. This book will not only help those who are getting started with computer vision but also experts in the domain. You’ll be able to put theory into practice by building apps with OpenCV 4 and Python 3. You’ll start by understanding OpenCV 4 and how to set it up with Python 3 on various platforms. Next, you’ll learn how to perform basic operations such as reading, writing, manipulating, and displaying still images, videos, and camera feeds. From taking you through image processing, video analysis, and depth estimation and segmentation, to helping you gain practice by building a GUI app, this book ensures you’ll have opportunities for hands-on activities. Next, you’ll tackle two popular challenges: face detection and face recognition. You’ll also learn about object classification and machine learning concepts, which will enable you to create and use object detectors and classifiers, and even track objects in movies or video camera feed. Later, you’ll develop your skills in 3D tracking and augmented reality. Finally, you’ll cover ANNs and DNNs, learning how to develop apps for recognizing handwritten digits and classifying a person's gender and age. By the end of this book, you’ll have the skills you need to execute real-world computer vision projects.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

A sample application – tattoo forensics

Let's conclude this chapter with a real-life (or perhaps fantasy-life) example. Imagine you are working for the Gotham forensics department and you need to identify a tattoo. You have the original picture of a criminal's tattoo (perhaps captured in CCTV footage), but you don't know the identity of the person. However, you possess a database of tattoos, indexed with the name of the person that the tattoo belongs to.

Let's divide this task into two parts:

  • Build a database by saving image descriptors to files
  • Load the database and scan for matches between a query image's descriptors and the descriptors in the database

We will cover these tasks in the next two subsections.

Saving image descriptors to file