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Why You So Racist, Hewitt-Packard? [Vid]


The face tracking feature of the Hewitt-Packard web cam will not recognize or track black faces. Engineering fail.

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Date: 12/23/09 09:05 AM

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  1. Profile photo of Matwix_2004
    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 8:35 am
    Link: Why You So Racist, Hewitt-Packard? - The face tracking feature of the Hewitt-Packard web cam will not recognize or track black faces. Engineering fail.
  2. Profile photo of Elle1987
    Elle1987 Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 9:29 am
    lol that was pretty funny... I like that guys voice... smooth like chocolate.. (Yeah thats a sterotyping cliche.. so sue me!) Smoooooooth...
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 9:30 am
    thats messed up, but funny as hell.
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    XbigXmommaX Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 9:30 am
    lmfao wow that sucks but that guy made it hilarious "as soon as my blackness enters the frame" hahaha
  5. Profile photo of epimetheus
    epimetheus Male 18-29
    157 posts
    December 23, 2009 at 9:30 am
    it actually just goes off light reflection... any dark skinned -nesian (poly, micro, etc) would also not be recognized...

    they did this on `Better Off Ted` too... "it`s not racial discrimination.. it`s just indifference.."

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    mrtatulas Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 9:31 am
    HEWLETT-PACKARD.
  7. Profile photo of Mweebles
    Mweebles Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 9:42 am
    I was actually discussing this video with a friend yesterday. It might have something to do with all the fluorescent lighting that might be interfering with it.
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    lostinkorea Female 30-39
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    December 23, 2009 at 9:46 am
    white Wanda....lmao...

    drat you HP!

  9. Profile photo of MAC64
    MAC64 Male 40-49
    101 posts
    December 23, 2009 at 9:57 am
    Hewitt-Packard? WTF!?
  10. Profile photo of Oystah
    Oystah Female 40-49
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:05 am
    LOL Elle1987 - I thought the same thing! Desi`s voice is dreamy.
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    slipwax Male 18-29
    168 posts
    December 23, 2009 at 10:06 am
    "and the worst part is, I bought one for Christmas. I hope my wife doesn`t see this Youtube video"

    That was awesome

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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:07 am
    Hewlett-Packard went straight downhill when Jennifer Love Hewitt bought a controlling share.
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    Paula28 Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:07 am
    I like it how they both have such a great since of humor about the whole thing.
  14. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:17 am
    Global warming scientists proclaim this is proof that black people don`t exist.
  15. Profile photo of kilroy5555
    kilroy5555 Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:22 am
    Yeah, I`m sure HP intended to do this.

    Obviously this is an engineering fail, but a company would have to be NUTS to do this on purpose for racially motivated reasons.

  16. Profile photo of Killerbunn
    Killerbunn Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:22 am
    HAHA this is hilarious! I like how they have a sense of humor.
  17. Profile photo of sherrychick
    sherrychick Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:25 am
    LOL Elle1987, and Oystah... same here :S
  18. Profile photo of tedgp
    tedgp Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:49 am
    WTF racist but hilarious
  19. Profile photo of nonamewillfi
    nonamewillfi Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2009 at 11:10 am
    lol oldollie. i tip my hat at your cleverness
  20. Profile photo of lUnderground
    lUnderground Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 11:14 am
    ROFL! The dude is hilarious! I feel like I could listen to him talk for hours
  21. Profile photo of Sordyh
    Sordyh Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 11:16 am
    Idiots...

    Did you ever stop and realize that the so-called "web cam" is actually not a web cam but rather someone HOLDING the camera? I HIGHLY doubt that a "state of the art" computer system would have a design flaw such as this.

  22. Profile photo of Nebbie
    Nebbie Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 11:24 am
    @Sordyh you show me someone who can move a camera that smoothly, and zoom a camera that quickly and effectively and I will give you $1,000,000. My computer has face tracking too, and it tracks with movements just like that.
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 11:44 am
    why would you WANT the computer to follow you like that? it kept zooming in on her face, sometimes you want to make gestures with your body (talking non-sexual here...but those also count), and this is just annoying. fixed cameras FTW
  24. Profile photo of LaurenP
    LaurenP Female 13-17
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    December 23, 2009 at 11:47 am
    `i think my blackness is interfering with the computers abilities.`
    i love this guy. :D
  25. Profile photo of Handsompod
    Handsompod Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2009 at 11:56 am
    At least he`s smiling about it.
  26. Profile photo of Rick_S
    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    December 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm
    I said this in his youtube comments section. It`s not a large enough sample to say it`s racist. You need more than one African American and one Caucasian to prove racism. Show me 10 African Americans, all their faces failing, and 10 Caucasians, all their faces succeeding. Than we`ll say racism.
  27. Profile photo of splurbyburbl
    splurbyburbl Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2009 at 1:13 pm
    Popcrunch is a predatory website. It sends spyware and such to your comp while you view the pages. User beware.
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    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
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    December 23, 2009 at 1:46 pm
    lol "blackness" and her "whiteness"
  29. Profile photo of sabreeshuh
    sabreeshuh Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm
    awww haha gotta say tho he has a sexxy voice
  30. Profile photo of peloos12
    peloos12 Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm
    Not racist, just poor production.
  31. Profile photo of jadedtortois
    jadedtortois Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 2:12 pm
    He has a really nice voice :D
  32. Profile photo of zanneh
    zanneh Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm
    I think it has to due with they think his tone is darkness
  33. Profile photo of bobhub600
    bobhub600 Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2009 at 3:12 pm
    His voice feels like silk in my ears!Well, that sounded more pery then expected!
  34. Profile photo of tainteddeity
    tainteddeity Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    Some of you commenters need to realise that intent isn;t necessary for something to be racist.
    There doesn`t even have to be and maliciousness, it can just be accidental like in this case.
    If this is true, then the people at HP obviously had no darker skinned people when testing this product and didn`t keep them in mind when designing the software.
    It`s not hard to overlook a minority when you don`t see them much.
    Not worth extreme condemnation, just a reminder to actually think when designing and testing software...
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    MauserTM Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 4:58 pm
    If youre indian i bet ill ask you for tech support
  36. Profile photo of RomanticGoth
    RomanticGoth Male 13-17
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    December 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm
    personally, i think that`s hilarious.
  37. Profile photo of Loxen
    Loxen Female 30-39
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    December 23, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    Ok... things like this usually have settings that need to be ajusted. I`m guessing white will work more often on default, but i bet if they looked at the manual, it would point out what to do for darker skin tones if the camera is not tracking properly.*

    *Disclamer - I don`t own one, so I`m just making an educated guess.

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    akinis Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2009 at 5:56 pm
    That was hilarious. I love that he doesn`t accuse the company for being racist. He calls the computer racist.

    That was win. Good job!

  39. Profile photo of justjason44
    justjason44 Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    Here`s my ONLY question.

    Why is his name reversed on his name badge? And I don`t mean last name first... it`s mirrored.

  40. Profile photo of tainteddeity
    tainteddeity Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 7:24 pm
    A lot of webcam thingies reverse the image... I do not know why.
    It may be to mimic a mirror which we`re more used to.
  41. Profile photo of FelanSlvr
    FelanSlvr Female 18-29
    232 posts
    December 23, 2009 at 8:40 pm
    My husbands grandfather (deceased, and please consider the times he grew up in) would say the computer had good taste. yeesh.
  42. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2009 at 8:45 pm
    I think its funny, obviously they didnt program the image of darker objects! fail!
  43. Profile photo of Evilcupcake
    Evilcupcake Male 30-39
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:02 pm
    anyone else see this and think of the Episode of Better off Ted, when the elevators and light sensors in the building didn`t recognize black people?

    god that was a funny episode.

  44. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm
    "I said this in his youtube comments section. It`s not a large enough sample to say it`s racist. You need more than one African American and one Caucasian to prove racism. Show me 10 African Americans, all their faces failing, and 10 Caucasians, all their faces succeeding. Than we`ll say racism."

    Aaaaand that`s about when I stopped laughing. :|

  45. Profile photo of adaedwar
    adaedwar Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm
    Heh.
  46. Profile photo of Gorodetsky
    Gorodetsky Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm
    Man! You can tell the software was designed by people of caucasian/asian descent. I think that they just didn`t include that aspect of the programming in the beta for this peice. Still LOLz...
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    rgu3t0 Male 18-29
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    December 23, 2009 at 11:52 pm
    its funny cause its only for him. i saw an article yesterday (can`t remember the site) and they had black people and it was working. notice when he gets real close there`s not enough frontal light
  48. Profile photo of Suicism
    Suicism Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2009 at 1:26 am
    They should be really happy about this, considering the law-enforcement applications a breakthrough like this could likely precipitate..
  49. Profile photo of BABY_BEAR
    BABY_BEAR Female 18-29
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    December 24, 2009 at 4:56 am
    >.< that is hillarious.
  50. Profile photo of j-craig
    j-craig Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2009 at 7:40 am
    He had to inform us that he`s black?
  51. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2009 at 8:13 am
    ROFL. "as soon as my blackness enters the frame... *stops working*"

    Its not racist, its just been badly designed.

  52. Profile photo of SalokinX
    SalokinX Male 18-29
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    December 24, 2009 at 11:50 am
    OHHH I GET IT! HE`S BLACK!

    good thing he explained it, i almost didnt realize... after michael jackson`s race-change i thought it was optional...

  53. Profile photo of dooflotchie
    dooflotchie Female 30-39
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    December 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm
    Hmmm...I wonder what would happen when people with their faces painted unnatural colors like blue or green tried to use that?
  54. Profile photo of AC1
    AC1 Male 18-29
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    December 25, 2009 at 3:52 am
    Oh this is hysterical.

    Dude is funny too.

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    AC1 Male 18-29
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    December 25, 2009 at 3:55 am
    I get it.
    The people who created and tested the thing are all white. So no problems were ever seen before its release!

    I`m sorry. =P

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    luvsushi Female 18-29
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    December 25, 2009 at 10:29 am
    lol classic example of white designed products lol.
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    jamiec24925 Female 13-17
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    December 25, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    hahaha i have a digital camera and i took a picture of my friend. when the picture preview thing came out after, it said "did anyone blink"? and it had a box around her face
    we`re asian.
  58. Profile photo of Supersyko
    Supersyko Male 18-29
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    December 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm
    Maby it only works on ugly fish people :p
  59. Profile photo of sandtalker
    sandtalker Male 30-39
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    December 26, 2009 at 6:58 am
    HP figures that black people won`t be buying too many computers? Maybe its like those companies that would rather piss off/injure a few people and settle, rather than fix a problem...
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    hbelle Female 30-39
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    December 27, 2009 at 11:04 am
    LMAO!
  61. Profile photo of lilfox_4u
    lilfox_4u Female 18-29
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    December 28, 2009 at 12:18 am
    I have very very pale skin, to the point where random strangers have said "you`re very pale aren`t you?" and i am never picked up on facial recognition on mine, or anyone i knows, digital camera. All of my friends who are not as pale and friends who have olive and black skin are always fine!

    I call racist against whiteys! lol

    But seriously this seems like a big eff up!

  62. Profile photo of GizzieySykes
    GizzieySykes Female 18-29
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    December 28, 2009 at 5:48 am
    i LOVE the fact that he`s chill about it.. it`s not all pissed off like i know some people would be. i kinda like "this is funny..... i`m going to make a joke about it." not like "i`m so pissed. i hate this fcking thing!"
  63. Profile photo of flipNhigh
    flipNhigh Male 18-29
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    December 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm
    wow, i heard about this in the news and i think that its so stupid that almost everybody (mainly most black people) ***NOT ALL so dont be all "OMG you are a racist"*** think that everything is racist. HP is not racist its the camera, it cant pick up certain distinctions on a black person, so what? are yall gonna say that cameras are racist? come one people, have a little more since than that...besides, if this facial recognition solfware only recongized black people, they would bitch and complain that it is racist too becuz they would start useing it to catch criminals and then since it only sees black people, its racist...
  64. Profile photo of Ashley8375
    Ashley8375 Female 13-17
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    December 31, 2009 at 11:02 pm
    how do we know they didn`t just move the camera to follow the chick`s face and left it still when the guy was there? It never actually showed this equipment did it? isn`t it possible they just used a regular like, camcorder or something?

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