Video Games

Is the Microsoft Kinect Racist?

Microsoft unveiled its new motion-recognition gaming system, the Kinect, on Thursday, but it appears it may have a PR issue on its hands: The system may have trouble recognizing dark-skinned users, according to GameSpot. The gaming website tested the system, and the system’s facial-recognition feature had trouble with two dark-skinned employees, inconsistently recognizing one and repeatedly failing to recognize the other. A third dark-skinned employee and all lighter-skinned employees had no problems. There’s a precedent for such glitches: HP famously had a “racist” camera that could not recognize black users.