HP Face-Tracker Software Can’t See Black People

By Julianne Hing Dec 21, 2009

Desi and his good sport of a coworker, "white Wanda," demonstrate exactly how HP’s latest facial-tracking technology on their MediaSmart computer is absolutely no good for a dark-skinned person of color. HP responds:

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.

Keep working on it, HP! People of color are in your consumer base, ready to buy your products. But not if your technology renders Black folks invisible!