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Is Kinect Having Problems Recognizing Darker Skin Tones?

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Posted November 5, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

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According to some internet reports, including an article on GameSpot, the Microsoft Kinect is having problems recognizing some people with darker skin tones. Gamespot tested the Kinect with three "dark-skinned" employees. Two of them had problems with the system's facial recognition, one of them did not. Gamestop tried a bunch of different calibrations, and were not able to get Kinect to recognize the pair. Leading to the obvious conclusion that Kinect is totally racist!  (Kidding.)

Microsoft comment, saying, "Kinect works with people of all skin tones. And just like a camera, optimal lighting is best. Anyone experiencing issues with facial recognition should adjust their lighting settings, as instructed in the Kinect Tuner."

We tried out Kinect's facial recognition here with a variety of people and it different lighting conditions, and it worked very well, but I'm pretty sure everyone we tested it on was not dark-skinned. Has it been working for you?

In the coming days, we'll be conducting a number of experiments on Kinect's abilities, including testing the device's ability to recognize different faces. What I really want to know is: Can we create a Steve Johnson disguise good enough to trick Kinect? Would a Nav'i be able to be recognized? 

If there are any real, or totally outrageous ways you think we should test the outer limits of Kinect's abilities, leave it in our comment section, and if it's at all possible, we'll test it for you... for science!!

Source: GameSpot

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