Upper Body Detection

Do I see a human? How many? Where? As opposed to the Face Detection service, this service is able to detect a human even if his/her face is not visible.

Getting Started

Using Angus python SDK:

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
import angus.client
from pprint import pprint

conn = angus.client.connect()
service = conn.services.get_service('upper_body_detection', version=1)
job = service.process({'image': open('./macgyver.jpg', 'rb')})


The API takes a stream of 2d still images as input, of format jpg or png, without constraints on resolution.

Note however that the bigger the resolution, the longer the API will take to process and give a result.

The function process() takes a dictionary as input formatted as follows:

{'image' : file}
  • image: a python File Object as returned for example by open() or a StringIO buffer.


Events will be pushed to your client following that format:

  "input_size" : [480, 640],
  "nb_upper_bodies" : 2,
  "upper_bodies" : [
                "upper_body_roi" : [345, 223, 34, 54],
                "upper_body_roi_confidence" : 0.89
                "upper_body_roi" : [35, 323, 45, 34],
                "upper_body_roi_confidence" : 0.56
  • input_size : width and height of the input image in pixels (to be used as reference to roi output.
  • nb_upper_bodies : number of upper bodies detected in the given image
  • upper_body_roi : contains [pt.x, pt.y, width, height] where pt is the upper left point of the rectangle outlining the detected upper body.
  • upper_body_roi_confidence : an estimate of the probability that a real human upper body is indeed located at the given upper_body_roi.

Code Sample

requirements: opencv2, opencv2 python bindings

This code sample retrieves the stream of a web cam and display in a GUI the result of the upper_body_detection service.

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
import StringIO
import cv2
import numpy as np
from pprint import pprint
import angus.client

def main(stream_index):
    camera = cv2.VideoCapture(stream_index)
    camera.set(cv2.cv.CV_CAP_PROP_FRAME_WIDTH, 640)
    camera.set(cv2.cv.CV_CAP_PROP_FRAME_HEIGHT, 480)
    camera.set(cv2.cv.CV_CAP_PROP_FPS, 10)

    if not camera.isOpened():
        print("Cannot open stream of index {}".format(stream_index))

    print("Input stream is of resolution: {} x {}".format(camera.get(3), camera.get(4)))

    conn = angus.client.connect()
    service = conn.services.get_service("upper_body_detection", version=1)

    while camera.isOpened():
        ret, frame = camera.read()
        if not ret:

        gray = cv2.cvtColor(frame, cv2.COLOR_BGR2GRAY)
        ret, buff = cv2.imencode(".jpg", gray, [cv2.IMWRITE_JPEG_QUALITY, 80])

        buff = StringIO.StringIO(np.array(buff).tostring())

        job = service.process({"image": buff})
        res = job.result

        for body in res['upper_bodies']:
            x, y, dx, dy = body['upper_body_roi']
            cv2.rectangle(frame, (x, y), (x+dx, y+dy), (0,255,0))

        cv2.imshow('original', frame)
        if cv2.waitKey(1) & 0xFF == ord('q'):



if __name__ == '__main__':
    ### Web cam index might be different from 0 on your setup.
    ### To grab a given video file instead of the host computer cam, try:
    ### main("/path/to/myvideo.avi")