Assisting the visually impaired people using image processing
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Visually impaired people face difficulties in safe and independent movement which deprive them from regular professional and social activities in both indoors and outdoors. Similarly they have distress in identification of surrounding environment fundamentals. The proposed thesis suggests of detection of brightness and the major colors in real-time image by using RGB method by means of an external camera and thus identification of fundamental objects as well as facial recognition from personal dataset. For the Object identification and Facial Recognition, YOLO Algorithm and MTCNN Networking are used respectively. The software support is achieved by using OpenCV libraries of Python as well as implementing machine learning process. The major processor of our thesis, Raspberry Pi scans and detects the facial edges via Pi camera and objects in the image are captured and recognized using mobile camera. Image recognition results are transferred to the blind users by means of text-to-speech library. The device portability is achieved by using a battery. The object detection process achieved 8-15 FPS processing with an accuracy rate of 63-80%. The face identification process achieved 80-100% accuracy. The objective of the thesis is to give blind users the capability to move around in unfamiliar indoor environment, through a user friendly device by face and object identification system.