Is Kinect Racist? Consumer Reports Says No


Posted November 8, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

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Last week, we reported that some early Kinect adopter have had problems with the device recognizing dark-skinned people, leading to speculations that Kinect is racist. This prompted Kanye West to proclaim that "Kinect doesn't care about black people." Hold up, everyone: Venerable product testing magazine Consumer Reports put Kinect to the test and found that the Kinect isn't racist.

CR took a darker and a lighter skinned gamer and put him/her in front of Kinect. Here's how CR described the results of their debunking experiments:

"The log-in problem is related to low-level lighting and not directly to players' skin color... the Kinect camera needs enough light and contrast to determine features in a person's face before it can perform software recognition and log someone into the game console automatically. Essentially, the Kinect recognized both players at light levels typically used in living rooms at night and failed to recognize both players when the lights were turned down lower. So far, we did not experience any instance where one player was recognized and the other wasn't under the same lighting conditions."

We were going to perform our own debunking of the "Kinect is racist!" myth here at G4, but we decided to debunk the myth that Kinect won't recognize a super hot chick in a bikini instead. Sexy, sexy video to come, people.

Source: Consumer Reports

Is Kinect Racist? Consumer Reports Says No


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