Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hewlett Packard develops Racist softwares

Hewlett Packard have developed a new MediaSmart computer with a built-in face tracking device as part of its camera. With the face tracking software it allows the camera to follow you around the room whenever you're making a video call.

There is a slight problem though with it though and that is it doesn't seem to work if you're black. That's the conclusion that Desi, the star of this YouTube video has reached. Here we see as he tests out the face-tracking device with the help of his co-worker Wanda.

The camera follows Wanda around like it's a bee and she's the nectar, but for poor Desi (who has actually bought the damned thing) there's nothing. The MediaSmart isn't interested. It's like he and his people don't even exist.

HP posted a response on its Voodoo Blog and asserted that poor lighting or possibly faulty algorithms are to blame. An admin nicknamed Frosty wrote:

"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."

HP also advised users to see its webcam help page for assistance in adjusting the brightness and contrast settings. Erm right... Check out the video below.

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