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Research Article

Resource-Efficient Deep Learning: Fast Hand Gestures on Microcontrollers

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eetinis.v11i3.5616,
        author={Tuan Kiet Tran Mach and Khai Nguyen Van and Minhhuy Le},
        title={Resource-Efficient Deep Learning: Fast Hand Gestures on Microcontrollers},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Industrial Networks and Intelligent Systems},
        keywords={Human-Computer Interaction, Microcontroller, TinyML, Intelligent system, Hand gesture recognition, Embedded, Communications},
  • Tuan Kiet Tran Mach
    Khai Nguyen Van
    Minhhuy Le
    Year: 2024
    Resource-Efficient Deep Learning: Fast Hand Gestures on Microcontrollers
    DOI: 10.4108/eetinis.v11i3.5616
Tuan Kiet Tran Mach1, Khai Nguyen Van1, Minhhuy Le1,*
  • 1: Phenikaa University
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Hand gesture recognition using a camera provides an intuitive and promising means of human-computer interaction and allows operators to execute commands and control machines with simple gestures. Research in hand gesture recognition-based control systems has garnered significant attention, yet the deploying of microcontrollers into this domain remains relatively insignificant. In this study, we propose a novel approach utilizing micro-hand gesture recognition built on micro-bottleneck Residual and micro-bottleneck Conv blocks. Our proposed model, comprises only 42K parameters, is optimized for size to facilitate seamless operation on resource-constrained hardware. Benchmarking conducted on STM32 microcontrollers showcases remarkable efficiency, with the model achieving an average prediction time of just 269ms, marking a 7× faster over the state-of-art model. Notably, despite its compact size and enhanced speed, our model maintains competitive performance result, achieving an accuracy of 99.6% on the ASL dataset and 92% on OUHANDS dataset. These findings underscore the potential for deploying advanced control methods on compact, cost-effective devices, presenting promising avenues for future research and industrial applications.