Raspberry Pi enthusiasts searching for inspiration for a new Pi project, may be interested in this awesome Raspberry Pi powered facial recognition time clock, created by GitHub member dekuNukem. Equipped with a camera the project is capable of tracking how many hours you spend sitting in front of your desk. Helping you track productivity even if you may be watching YouTube videos, when you were supposed to be doing something else less boring instead.
The project uses a Raspberry Pi Model B mini PC, although its creator says it may also work with a smaller Raspberry Pi Zero mini PC, but at the current time has not had a chance to test it with one. The mini PC is connected to the official Raspberry Pi camera module. An optional 128 x 64 1.3 inch OLED display has been added to provide a quick way to read your daily time record.
As you would expect the program needs a picture of your face in order to learn what you look like, and start tracking your daily progress. A folder has been created into which you place a well lit picture of yourself, which should be approximately 400 x 400 pixels, to keep processing to a minimal yet still provide an accurate and correct recognition.
Full instructions on how to create your very own Raspberry Pi powered facial recognition time clock have been kindly published to the GitHub website. Together with all the code you need and example photograph to get your project up and running as quickly as possible.
If you enjoy building Pi projects you might be interested in our comprehensive list of Raspberry Pi displays, HATS and small screens.