For our senior ECE design at Cornell, my partner and I created a portable face recognition system. To our knowledge, it’s the first face recognition system on a microcontroller. You enroll with one button and log in with another. You can build our system for about $30 and then use it to control access to anything: a safe, a door, or the beer fridge. In our demo video, we just output to an LCD for feedback instead of actually controlling access to something. See the website I provided for more detail.
This was a final project for Cornell’s ECE 4760 (Designing with Microcontrollers). This is a senior design course. There are a bunch of other cool hack/gadget projects from other groups, which you can browse here.
One of the best thing about the yearly Cornell projects is they’re all documented, source code is posted, everything – fantastic work!