Video: 'Hewlett-Packard Computers Are Racist' : All Tech Considered HP's newest face tracking webcam has an ethnic problem. It seems not to recognize black faces.
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Video: 'Hewlett-Packard Computers Are Racist'

What happens when a black man sits in front of HP's newest face tracking web cam? It apparently can't "see" him. The camera is supposed to pan and tilt in response to his movement. Yet it remains focused on a single point.

It doesn't seem to have a problem tracking a white face:

HP told Gizmodo this was indeed a problem and they are working on a solution. But meanwhile, it's great to see some people, like the man in the video, are taking the cultural malfunction in stride.

UPDATE: Our friends over at the Two-Way report that under the right conditions, the HP cam works just fine.