Xiaomi’s new Mi Band 2 has a slight design flaw. It doesn’t care about black people.
The Mi Band 2 is a budget Fitbit-style bracelet capable of recording users’ fitness information, unless you happen to be black. Following its release last fall, customers with darker skin complexions have been complaining that the device is unable to pick up their heart rates.
One support thread titled “Mi Band 2 Heart Rate measure not working on Black People” has 12 pages full of complaints with users describing how in order to get the thing to work they have to place it on lighter parts of their skin like the palms of their hands or the backsides of their wrists.
Oh, it also seems to have trouble with hair.
Obviously, this situation is less than ideal; however, Xiaomi has yet to offer a fix. Still, with a price tag of only $20, can you really expect it to work for all races?
Racist technology is becoming more and more a part of everyday life. Last year, one New Zealand man of Asian descent had his passport photo rejected because “his eyes were closed.”
[Images via Xiaomi / en.miui.com // h/t The Next Web]
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