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Created: 28.09.2023 06:50 Last Modified: 28.09.2023 07:01 Views: 818
Keywords: I2C, Linux, Python, Raspberry Pi, APDS9960

Recognize Gestures on a Raspberry Pi with a Low Cost APDS9960 I2C Sensor

The APDS9960 is an I2C (Inter-Integrated Circuit) sensor that is commonly used for gesture recognition, proximity sensing, ambient light sensing, and color sensing applications. It is produced by Broadcom (formerly Avago Technologies) and is often used in various electronic devices and projects, including smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, and robotics.

In this video tutorial you will learn how to set up gesture detection on a Raspberry Pi running the Raspberry Pi OS Linux distribution and the affordable APDS9960 I2C sensor connected to a Raspberry Pi uHAT (add-on board).

👀 What to expect?

🔌 Hardware Setup: We will start by connecting the APDS9960 sensor and the mini yellow-blue SSD1306 OLED display to a Raspberry Pi via I2C slot on an open source hardware add-on board designed with KiCad.

🐍 Python3: The demonstration relies on a script written in the Python 3 programming language. The script has been tested on Raspberry Pi OS but it should run fine on any other GNU Linux distribution. Dive into the world of Python programming as we dissect an example code that enables your Raspberry Pi to detect various gestures accurately. The source code is available at GitHub.

👁️ Real-Time Gesture Detection: Witness the sensor in action as it detects your hand movements - swipes, taps, and more. See how your Raspberry Pi interprets and responds to your gestures.

📺 Visualizing Gestures: Experience the magic as the detected gestures are displayed in real-time on the mini OLED screen using the popular Python3 libraries PIL and Luma OLED. It's not just about detection; it's about making your interactions visible!

🛠️ Troubleshooting and Tips: the video provides insights into potential challenges you might face and offer practical tips to ensure a seamless setup.

🚀 By the end of the video tutorial, you will have a working gesture recognition system on your Raspberry Pi, opening up a world of possibilities for your projects and applications.

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