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Is HP’s webcam racist?
Author: Cássio LimaDate: January 5, 2010 - 10:00 AM PST

A guy called Desi Cryer has posted a video on YouTube that suggest a problem on the facial recognition system present on the newest HP laptops that doesn’t work with black people. Facial recognition system automatically tracks user’s face. On the video, Cryer demonstrate how his HP webcam doesn’t follow him, but seems to have no trouble following his white co-worker Wanda Zamen. According to HP the technology used is based on algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose, and the camera might have difficulty "seeing" contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting. The company is investigating the problem. Below you can watch the video and see whether HP’s webcam is racist or not.

 

 

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