Consumer Reports Debunks the 'Racist' Kinect

Shortly after the first Microsoft Kinect for Xbox reviews starting appearing in the wee hours last night, another Kinect story cropped up. It seems some testers encountered difficulty in getting the Kinect to identify players with darker skin color.

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Kalowest2811d ago

But Kinect is black too.

HolyOrangeCows2811d ago

No pictures? Not even a description of the darker persons?

Debunked nothing.

Fishy Fingers2811d ago (Edited 2811d ago )

Well I doubt Gamespot were lying, but like anything, various situations are going to kick up various results. MS would of no doubt tested as many variables as possible (skin tone I imagine being one of the first) but occasionally your going to step outside of that. Upping the light and whatnot will probably solve any problems.

Somewhat unrelated, he is one big dude, I dont think trying to track him would cause any problems.

DeepInterludium2811d ago

Kinect deals with infrared light, black absorbs infrared light.

Consumer Reports is apparently unaware that there are different shades of black people. Kinect absolutely doesn't work as well the darker you are and basically admit it on their site.

"4. Player considerations

Players need to be at least 40 inches tall (1 m).

Try to avoid wearing baggy clothing.

Some black clothing dyes may absorb infrared light, making it difficult for Kinect to track you accurately."

Black skin absorbs IR just like black clothing. Of course MS isn't going to come out and actually say it.

Weaksauce11382811d ago

How do you go from some and may to all and will?

xboxlj2810d ago

I have yet to have seen a "black" person in my entire life. I do however know many people that are various shades of brown.

I would love to see pics of someone with "black" skin.

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unknown1002811d ago

Deutschland >> Kinect :P

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