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Lego Classification Project
I'm currently building a Lego Classification website that will initially allow you to upload a picture of any of the 10K+ minifigures that exist in the Lego brand and it will correctly identify which one and provide you links to bricklink and other partner sites.
Eventually this project will expand to provide the same services for ALL Lego parts!
Completely free of charge service and not planning now or in the future to charge for this as it is just something cool I'm working on.
I do however need help from the community as to train my machine learning scripts I need at least 100 different pictures of each minifigure to get the accuracy level good enough to push something live.
If anyone is interested in helping out I'm putting together a mobile ready website that will allow you to upload pictures of your various minifigures and classify them under the correct name.
In exchange every contributor will get early access to the project and be able to help develop/contribute further towards it if they wish.
Drop a reply to this thread if you would love to help and I'll update this post with more specific details as soon as I'm ready in the coming weeks :)
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Recent discussions •
Q. Why don't you just use Google images?
A. I would need to seek permission from each image owner and that would take way longer than involving the community. I also need as many diverse images as possible of each minifigure.
Different lighting, scenes and even black and white images help :)
The only key thing is that the object is clearly the focus point in the photo and ideally no other minifigures in it except the one.
EDIT: I am also totally willing to help out. I really like the idea, and it would make sorting bulk used purchases so much easier.
That is a great idea but not something I can fit in right now, the code I'm using should however be able to easily do that with some additional training to look for specific things on each minifigure. I'd probably look at doing this after the initial minifigure classification is done and fully tested.
Keep an eye on this thread and I'll be sure to update everyone as soon as I have the image sharing side of the website online.
The torsos are not that bad, goatleg can quite easily narrow down the search if you know what keywords to use for bricklink. Heads are the problem as many have very minor differences from similar ones. But a photographic version of that would be great.
I think I can expand this project later to include some sort of minifigure breakdown so it would identify the part numbers for the head, torso, legs and accessories on each image submission, added that to my little roadmap :)
I agree with @CCC that a tool that identifies minifig parts would be more useful than one that identifies whole minifigs - manually searching through Bricklink to identify torsos or head prints gets old very fast....
Later I can see if I can get it to take a minifigure as an input and then tell you what head, torso, legs and accessories were automatically found.
I've actually reached out to Jaclyn and Russell @ Bricklink and asked if they can grant me API access as that will help massively speed up my development and allow me to return detailed information on each search + link back to their website.
Couple of very big differences though on the one I'm developing:
Here is a photo I've just run through my test platform and it was able to correctly identify it as minifigure part no. col130 aka Cylopse from series 9.
- Will be usable via the web and maybe mobile in the future.
- Uploaded photos of parts don't need to be professional or even on a white background.
What you see below is the exact same size and quality image I gave the software.