[Monica] wanted to try a bit of facial detection with her Raspberry Pi and she found some pretty handy packages in MATLAB to help her do just that. The packages are based on the Viola-Jones algorithm which was the first real-time object detection framework for facial detection.
She had to download MATLAB’s Raspbian image to allow the Pi to interpret MATLAB commands over a custom server. That setup is mostly pretty easy and she does a good job walking you through the setup on her project page.
With that, now she can control the Pi in MATLAB: configure the camera, toggle GPIO, etc. The real fun comes with the facial detection program. In addition to opening up a live video feed of the Pi camera, the program outputs pixel data. [Monica] was mostly just testing the stock capabilities, but wants to try detecting other objects next. We’ll see what cool modifications she’s able to come up with.