Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Racist Face Detection Camera?

Have you heard of Joz Wang? I guess she should be very famous by now, at least her blog visited by couple of ten thousands of people by now. Don't get me wrong, she is not famous because of what, but with a complaint about a camera.

When she and her brother bought a Nikon Coolpix S630 digital camera for their mother on last year, they discovered one of the features seemed to be malfunctioned. The fact is, every time they took a portrait of each other, a message from the cam flashed across the screen and asking, "Did someone blink?" No one had actually. However, when her brother posed with his eyes open so wide, the messages stopped.

After this incident, she posted a photo of the blink warning on her blog under the title, "Racist Camera! No, I did not blink... I'm just Asian!" The post was picked up by Gizmodo and Boing Boing. The interesting thing is, it prompted at least one commenter to note, "You would think that Nikon, being a Japanese company, would have designed this with Asian eyes in mind."

Well, if I'm the commenter, I would say, "Easy, just open up your eyes when taking camera will resolve the issue". What do you think?

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