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OpenCV with Python By Example by Prateek Joshi

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Features from Accelerated Segment Test (FAST)

Even though SURF is faster than SIFT, it's just not fast enough for a real-time system, especially when there are resource constraints. When you are building a real-time application on a mobile device, you won't have the luxury of using SURF to do computations in real time. We need something that's really fast and computationally inexpensive. Hence, Rosten and Drummond came up with FAST. As the name indicates, it's really fast!

Instead of going through all the expensive calculations, they came up with a high-speed test to quickly determine if the current point is a potential keypoint. We need to note that FAST is just for keypoint detection. Once keypoints are detected, we need to use SIFT or SURF to ...

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