Computer Vision Helps to Copy Keys via Photograph
UC San Diego computer scientists have created an amazing program that can make copies of keys using only an image of the key as the master. They’ve tested this method using a low quality mobile phone camera and also by using a five inch telephoto lens to capture a key image from 200 feet away – and they both worked. Advances in computer vision have made it possible for the program to easily read the individual key cuts from a wide variety of angles and distances.
Stefan Savage, a computer science professor who ran the student project explains: