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In this tutorial, we are going to see the entire process of creating an Age predictor and Gender classifier project using OpenCV.

Age Detection 

Our goal here is to create a program that will predict the gender and age of the person using an image.  But predicting age might not be as simple as you think, why? You might be thinking that age prediction is a regression problem, right? And you would be right in thinking so. However, there are many uncertainties that researchers have faced when they treated this as a regression problem, like camera quality, brightness, climate condition, background, etc. 

What’s the solution? 

The solution to this problem is quite simple, instead of predicting an exact image, let’s classify the age into a specific range like 0-6,18-25, etc. And that’s what researchers did and found that the results were amazing and the accuracy rose up by a lot in real-world scenarios.

Now that we have clarity of our problem, let’s go ahead and start creating our program.



Downloading the Required Files

We’re going to use pre-trained models for age prediction because our main focus is how to implement the age predictor using OpenCV, using these models. 

You can download all the files required here

Building the Main Program

I have broken down the main program into 5 steps to make it easier to understand then at the end I have written the code for the entire program that you can try and run yourself.

Step 1: Creating the Image Instance

Here we’re going to use the OpenCV package to instantiate an object for the input image, if you don’t understand this, then you should first read about how to read/capture a video in OpenCV here

And now that we’ve our input image, the next step is to instantiate our models.

Step 2: Create DNNs Using the Models

In OpenCV, we create a DNN – deep neural network to load a pre-trained model and pass it to the model files.

We first create variables to store the file paths of the model files, and then define model variables – these differ from model to model, and I have taken these values for the Caffe model that we’re using.

#———-Model File Paths—————-#



#———–Model Variables—————#

mean =(78.4263377603, 87.7689143744, 114.895847746) # these are taken from the official site

ageList=[‘(0-2)’, ‘(4-6)’, ‘(8-12)’, ‘(15-20)’, ‘(25-32)’, ‘(38-43)’, ‘(48-53)’, ‘(60-100)’]

#————-Creating the DNN————#

age_Net= cv2.dnn.readNet(ageModel,ageProto)

NOTE: This is the procedure/steps you need to follow to use a pre-trained model for computer vision using OpenCV.

Now that we have our models, let’s try and detect faces in the image/video.

Step 3: Face Detection

For this program, I have used the dlib.get_frontal_face_detector() method for face detection for simplicity but you can definitely try using custom models or pre-trained models.

There are a lot of comments to make it easier for you to understand each line of the code.

Step 4: Age  Detection

Before we pass the image as an input we have to change it to the required dimensions i.e according to our model’s input layer, right? This is done by blobFromImage()  function in OpenCV. 

Then this blob is passed as an input to the age detector model.

Step 5: Show The Resulting Image with Detection

Now that we have the predictions, we’ll put them as text and show them in the final output image.

Below is the complete Implementation

Here is the final program code combining all the 5 steps that you can directly run on your computers.  


import cv2
import dlib
import numpy as np
img = cv2.imread('assets/kid1.jpg')
img = cv2.resize(img, (720, 640))
frame = img.copy()
# ------------ Model for Age detection --------#
age_weights = "Models/age_deploy.prototxt"
age_config = "Models/age_net.caffemodel"
age_Net = cv2.dnn.readNet(age_config, age_weights)
# Model requirements for image
ageList = ['(0-2)', '(4-6)', '(8-12)', '(15-20)',
           '(25-32)', '(38-43)', '(48-53)', '(60-100)']
model_mean = (78.4263377603, 87.7689143744, 114.895847746)
# storing the image dimensions
fH = img.shape[0]
fW = img.shape[1]
Boxes = []  # to store the face co-ordinates
mssg = 'Face Detected'  # to display on image
# ------------- Model for face detection---------#
face_detector = dlib.get_frontal_face_detector()
# converting to grayscale
img_gray = cv2.cvtColor(frame, cv2.COLOR_BGR2GRAY)
# -------------detecting the faces--------------#
faces = face_detector(img_gray)
# If no faces our detected
if not faces:
    mssg = 'No face detected'
    cv2.putText(img, f'{mssg}', (40, 40),
                cv2.FONT_HERSHEY_SIMPLEX, 2, (200), 2)
    cv2.imshow('Age detected', img)
    # --------- Bounding Face ---------#
    for face in faces:
        x = face.left()  # extracting the face coordinates
        y =
        x2 = face.right()
        y2 = face.bottom()
        # rescaling those coordinates for our image
        box = [x, y, x2, y2]
        cv2.rectangle(frame, (x, y), (x2, y2), 
                      (00, 200, 200), 2)
    for box in Boxes:
        face = frame[box[1]:box[3], box[0]:box[2]]
        # ----- Image preprocessing --------#
        blob = cv2.dnn.blobFromImage(
            face, 1.0, (227, 227), model_mean, swapRB=False)
        # -------Age Prediction---------#
        age_preds = age_Net.forward()
        age = ageList[age_preds[0].argmax()]
        cv2.putText(frame, f'{mssg}:{age}', (box[0],
                                             box[1] - 10), 
                    cv2.FONT_HERSHEY_SIMPLEX, 0.8,
                    (0, 255, 255), 2, cv2.LINE_AA)
        cv2.imshow("Detecting Age", frame)


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Further Improvements/Try it yourself : 

  1. Try editing the code for real-time feed 
  2. Try to use another pre-trained model like YOLO or create your own 
  3. You can also add another model to detect the Liveliness/Emotion of the person

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Last Updated : 03 Jan, 2023
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