Friday, November 5, 2010

Wow, Microsoft's Kinect has problem with black people?!

Would Kenye West approve?

Lighting affects Kinect's face recognition, report says
It's not even one day old, but the new Kinect video-gaming system was at the center of a potential controversy.

Gaming review site GameSpot reported that two of its dark-skinned employees had problems getting the facial recognition features of the Kinect to work. According to the report, the system recognized one inconsistently and was never able to fully identify the other despite repeated calibration attempts.

A third dark-skinned employee was recognized on the first try, GameSpot said.

However, Consumer Reports tested the Kinect and blamed poor lighting for the facial recognition failures instead of skin tone.

I'm guessing it's probably just a minor issue and bad PR.

Cheers!

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