Image recognition using Movidius Neural Compute Stick on a Raspberry Pi Zero W

Let’s build a security camera using Raspberry Pi Zero W and Movidius Neural Compute Stick to recognize a “person” on the video stream



  • Install required packages on Pi
sudo apt-get install -y libusb-1.0-0-dev libprotobuf-dev libleveldb-dev libsnappy-dev libopencv-dev libhdf5-serial-dev protobuf-compiler libatlas-base-dev git automake byacc lsb-release cmake libgflags-dev libgoogle-glog-dev liblmdb-dev swig3.0 graphviz libxslt-dev libxml2-dev gfortran python3-dev python-pip python3-pip python3-setuptools python3-markdown python3-pillow python3-yaml python3-pygraphviz python3-h5py python3-nose python3-lxml python3-matplotlib python3-numpy python3-protobuf python3-dateutil python3-skimage python3-scipy python3-six python3-networkx python3-tk libboost-python-dev
  • Clone NCSDK
cd ~
git clone
  • Compile and install NCSDK’s API framework
cd ~/ncsdk/api/src
sudo make install
  • Test installation using sample code from NC App Zoo
cd ~
git clone
cd ncappzoo/apps/hello_ncs_py

Output should look something like this:

Hello NCS! Device opened normally.
Goodbye NCS! Device closed normally.
NCS device working.

Install Paho-MQTT

  • Use pip3 to install Paho-MQTT
pip3 install paho-mqtt
sudo pip3 install paho-mqtt

Using these examples

  • Clone this code
cd ~
git clone

Native MobileSSD

  • Enter into following directory
cd ~/PiCamMovidius/native/picam
  • Edit with appropiate MQTT server IP, port and topic and run python script

OpenCV 3.2 YoLoV2

  • Install pre-compiled OpenCV 3.2
  • Add to apt-source list
echo 'deb [trusted=yes] stretch-backports main' | sudo tee  /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bintray-yoursunny-PiZero.list
  • Update apt
sudo apt update
  • Install OpenCV
sudo apt install python3-opencv
  • Verify Install
python3 -c 'import cv2; print(cv2.__version__)'
  • Enable V4L driver
sudo modprobe bcm2835-v4l2
  • Enter into following directory
cd ~/PiCamMovidius/ocv3
  • Edit with appropiate MQTT server IP, port and topic and run python script

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