Example Detect Corners

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Corner features and other point features (e.g. Laplacian) are commonly used in SFM and 2D geometric applications. Perhaps the most well known corner feature is Shi-Tomasi (a.k.a. Good Features) and Harris corner features.

Example Code:


  • Image Features
  • SFM


Example Code

 * Example showing how corner features can be detected. These features are not scale invariant, but are
 * fast to compute. In OpenCV Shi-Tomasi has the name of goodFeaturesToTrack and uses the unweighted variant.
 * @author Peter Abeles
public class ExampleCornerFeature {
	public static void main( String[] args ) {
		ConfigGeneralDetector configNonMax = new ConfigGeneralDetector();
		// a large radius is used to exaggerate weighted/unweighted affects. Try 1 or 2 for a typical value
		configNonMax.radius = 10;
		configNonMax.threshold = 100;
		configNonMax.maxFeatures = 100;
		ConfigShiTomasi configCorner = new ConfigShiTomasi();
		configCorner.radius = configNonMax.radius; // in general you should use the same radius here
		configCorner.weighted = true;              // weighted corners will appear at the corners on a chessboard

		// set weighted to false and see what happens to the feature's locations. unweighted is much faster
		GeneralFeatureDetector<GrayU8, GrayS16> detector = FactoryDetectPoint.createShiTomasi(configNonMax, configCorner, GrayS16.class);
		ImageGradient<GrayU8, GrayS16> sobel = FactoryDerivative.sobel(GrayU8.class, GrayS16.class);

		BufferedImage image = UtilImageIO.loadImageNotNull(UtilIO.pathExample("calibration/mono/Sony_DSC-HX5V_Chess/frame05.jpg"));

		// Convert the image into a usable format and predeclare memory
		GrayU8 gray = ConvertBufferedImage.convertFrom(image, (GrayU8)null);
		GrayS16 derivX = new GrayS16(gray.width, gray.height);
		GrayS16 derivY = new GrayS16(gray.width, gray.height);

		// The first image derivatives are needed
		sobel.process(gray, derivX, derivY);

		// Compute the corners
		detector.process(gray, derivX, derivY, null, null, null);

		// Visualize the results
		QueueCorner corners = detector.getMaximums();
		Graphics2D g2 = image.createGraphics();
		for (int i = 0; i < corners.size; i++) {
			Point2D_I16 c = corners.get(i);
			VisualizeFeatures.drawPoint(g2, c.x, c.y, 4, Color.RED, true);

		ShowImages.showWindow(image, "Corners", true);