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Viral Video Suggests HP Webcams Can't See Black People

A lighthearted video recently published on YouTube seems to suggest that the motion-tracking webcams built into many of their computers can't recognize and follow black people.

The video shows two co-workers take turns in front of the camera -- the webcam appears to follow the white employee around as she sways in front of the screen but the camera stays still as the black employee moves about.

HP has responded on their blog Read the statement on HP's blog

"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," wrote Tony Welch, the lead social media strategist for HP's Personal Systems Group. "We believe that the camera might have difficulty 'seeing' contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting."