## Unwrapping the iris

Published 1 February 2014In the previous installments we’ve looked at Pupil Detection and Iris Detection. Now we’ll look at unwrapping the image of the iris from a circular pattern to a rectangular one. We will use this later for some other algorithms.

So by applying the above mentioned algorithms we got two bits of information: the center of the pupil and the estimated radius of the iris. We can see them on the image below.

In order to transform this circular iris into a rectangular image, we do the following:

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import cv2
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
image = cv2.imread('003/eye.png')
center = (376, 184)
iris_radius = 115
nsamples = 360
samples = np.linspace(0, 2 * np.pi, nsamples)[:-1]
polar = np.zeros((iris_radius, nsamples))
for r in range(iris_radius):
for theta in samples:
x = r * np.cos(theta) + center[0]
y = r * np.sin(theta) + center[1]
polar[r][theta * nsamples / 2.0 / np.pi] = image[y][x][0]
plt.figure(figsize=(10, 5))
plt.imshow(polar, cmap='gray')

We create an empty image with resolution `iris_radius * 360`

and then we iterate through this image
and calculate the corresponding position in the circular image from the angle and the radius and copy
this value to the new image.

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