How Facial Recognition Works in Xbox Kinect | Gadget Lab | Wired.com


Microsoft’s $150 Xbox add-on, the Kinect, can use face-recognition technology to log you onto your Xbox Live account. But it’s not trouble-free.

To understand why, you need to know how it works. 

Kinect effectively has two cameras: a traditional color video camera, which takes pictures and enables conference chat, and an infrared light sensor that measures depth, position and motion. One needs light, the other doesn’t. Facial recognition uses both.

Yesterday, Gamespot shook up the tech blogosphere a bit with its account of two dark-skinned employees not being automatically recognized to log in to their Xbox accounts. Consumer Reports repeated the experiment and blamed low light for recognition problems.

via How Facial Recognition Works in Xbox Kinect | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.

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