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Face-Detection Cameras: Users' Racism Charges Explained

OMG seriously? I have a cool pix and I am whiter than white and that message pops up all the time. I am so SICK of everything being freakin racist! Why cant people just grow up and stop looking for racist things.

When Joz Wang and her brother bought their mom a Nikon Coolpix S630 digital camera for Mother's Day last year, they discovered what seemed to be a malfunction. Every time they took a portrait of each other smiling, a message flashed across the screen asking, "Did someone blink?" No one had. "I thought the camera was broken!" Wang, 33, recalls. But when her brother posed with his eyes open so wide that he looked "bug-eyed," the messages stopped.


Asked by Anonymous at 1:41 PM on Jan. 22, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • LMAO! Someone told me this as a joke a few days ago... I didn't think it was really a true story.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 5:07 PM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • Wang, a Taiwanese-American strategy consultant who goes by the Web handle "jozjozjoz," thought it was funny that the camera had difficulties figuring out when her family had their eyes open. So 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, and 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."


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:42 PM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • Oh good grief. People need to get a life and quit complaining about stupid stuff.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:58 PM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • Racist camera bouncing


    Answer by tnmomofive at 2:10 PM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • shooting photo


    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:11 PM on Jan. 22, 2010