HP apparently doesn’t have any black people working in R&D. HP face tracking software can’t see darker skinned people. [Update: HP Responds]

by Mike
Posted December 21st, 2009 at 11:24 am

You’d think a company, especially a company as big and globally present as HP, would have a well rounded view of the people who use their products. Apparently when they were developing their face tracking software being built into HP webcams and computers they forgot one small thing — to include support for darker skinned people. The video below perfectly displays a wondrous minor oversight on HP’s part. Given the issues this could cause, look for an update and/or some sort of message from HP relatively soon. Kind of embarrassing wouldn’t you say? Any darker skinned readers care to share your experiences — good or bad…

The best part is the two individuals in the movie: “White Wonda” and “Black Desie(sp?) might have some comedy routine goin’ here no?

**Update: HP has responded to the “racist webcams” story. The response isn’t your typical “we’re sorry”, “we’re looking into this”, or anything else that lays any blame whatsoever on HP. Instead they blame the end users:

try to increase the light to the face while decreasing the amount of light in the background

Watch the video below (if you already did, watch it again) and tell me how “incorrect lighting” matters when it very clearly works for White Wonda. So what do you say: Incorrect lightening or manufacturer error?

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