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Face Tracking HP Webcams Can't Track Black Faces

Writing software and configuring it for different types of hardware is always a challenge. Sometimes one of the key challenging components is also considering the variety and diversity of the end user. For an example, see the video demonstration below of HP's new face tracking webcam:

An HP representative commented in the Voodoo Blog, "Some of you may have seen or heard of a YouTube video in which the facial-tracking software didn’t work for a customer. We thank Desi, and the people who have seen and commented on his video, for bringing this subject to our attention."

The response continued, "We are working with our partners to learn more. The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose. We believe that the camera might have difficulty 'seeing' contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting."

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  • Pei-chen
    Good for HP. Blackface is derogatory and racist towards people of color. I am glad HP's engineer design a software that can distinguish blackface and face with darker complication.
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  • eyemaster
    It's not racist, it's sexist. It's tracking the women, not the men... :)
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  • Shadow703793
    LOL EPIC!
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  • Hanin33
    color/intensity contrast argument seems valid... who other than the programmers and those that know anything about this sort of software knows for sure?
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  • Pei-chen
    ^ I meant to say darker complexion.

    BTW, I know what this article is talking about. It is just more humorous if you think it as a feature.
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  • theuerkorn
    Seriously, this is a tough problem to solve with the lighting etc.. They have a point, but lets not forget about the terrible lighting.
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  • OMG....

    Chris Rock and other comedians would have a field day what with the title of this article! :O
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  • HP has been watching too many episodes of "Better Off Ted". Funny when life imitates art.

    http://abc.go.com/shows/better-off-ted/episode-guide/racial-sensitivity/180210?page=1
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  • aracheb
    HEHEHEHE A RACIST SOFTWARE,
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  • it's cause the camera sees nothing but eyes and teeth
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