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New technology lets bionic mannequins secretly spy on shoppers
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 10:05 AM | By Rheana Murray /

Posted on 11/23/2012 12:00:48 PM PST by BenLurkin

Fashion stores are using bionic mannequins equipped with police-grade technology to spy on shoppers. The $5,000 dummies, called EyeSee, use facial recognition software as a noninvasive way to extract data from customers who walk by, including roundabout age, race and gender, Bloomberg.com reported.

A tiny camera embedded in one of the mannequin’s eyes records the information.

The info can be used to help stores cater to their customer base. For example, one store that learned many of its afternoon visitors were kids introduced a children’s line to boost sales. Another that learned many of its customers were Asian opted to put Chinese-speaking employees near the entrance, according to the website.

Although the mannequins only record information — not photographs — creeped-out shoppers voiced concern online.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bionicmannequins

1 posted on 11/23/2012 12:00:56 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Guess I’ll just buy everything at Walmart.......


2 posted on 11/23/2012 12:04:14 PM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: BenLurkin

Isn’t it bigoted and racial/ethnic profiling, to observe that there are Asian customers, and have Chinese speaking employees? Isn’t it bigoted to somehow assume that these Asian customers don’t speak English? Don’t liberals lecture us about this stuff all the time???


3 posted on 11/23/2012 12:09:20 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego ('s)
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To: BenLurkin

Buying stuff isn’t much fun anymore. It just feels black.


4 posted on 11/23/2012 12:17:32 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: BenLurkin

They should outfit one with lasers and a minigun for the flashmob yutes.


5 posted on 11/23/2012 12:41:12 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: BenLurkin

Couldn’t normal employee and marketing personnel make these same observations without the cost and nonsense of this BS?

I mean, telling who’s a child and who’s Asian isn’t exactly rocket science


6 posted on 11/23/2012 12:41:27 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (Elections do have consequences, young people of America)
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To: BenLurkin

In other words, they’re using technology to accomplish things managers used to do back in the days when managers actually managed.


7 posted on 11/23/2012 12:44:38 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
Couldn’t normal employee and marketing personnel make these same observations without the cost and nonsense of this BS?

No minimum wage, no overtime, no workers comp, no payroll tax, no strikes, no discrimination charges, no sexual harassment charges, no "shrinkage", no scheduling issues, no sick time, no ObamaCare...

8 posted on 11/23/2012 1:27:23 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: null and void

exactly


9 posted on 11/23/2012 1:36:25 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("Our president ... makes big speeches packed full of little ideas" Charles C. W. Cooke)
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To: BenLurkin

An observant human could determine this information. However, I don’t like it and would be less likely to shop at stores with this technology.


10 posted on 11/23/2012 1:44:35 PM PST by convocation
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To: BenLurkin

How is this any better than hiding a camera anywhere else?


11 posted on 11/23/2012 1:45:52 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: CrazyIvan

People look at the mannequins?


12 posted on 11/23/2012 1:54:13 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: null and void

“facial recognition” I think you nailed that one.


13 posted on 11/23/2012 2:00:08 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: BenLurkin

Another reason to shop on-line.


14 posted on 11/23/2012 2:32:37 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: TurboZamboni

I agree! When I first read the title I thought “this is news?” these have been around for years! I remember reading about these in the 90’s. Since then I know cameras have improved but now we have the flash mobs. So now they should shoot out laser blasts! Or something.


15 posted on 11/23/2012 2:36:59 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: null and void; Lazamataz; Chode; JoeProBono
just wrong..
16 posted on 11/23/2012 2:58:04 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: Morgana
ya gotta be kiddin me...
17 posted on 11/23/2012 3:20:16 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode; Morgana
ya gotta be kiddin me...

What? It's one of the best cracks ever posted on FR!

18 posted on 11/23/2012 3:25:58 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

The robots will be more accurate because they will do it constantly while employees will do it when they remember, and faster.


19 posted on 11/23/2012 3:32:15 PM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: convocation

Then you better be ready to never shop again. Pretty soon they’ll all have it. You can’t put the genie back in the bottle, demographic data is the most important data for retails, who is buying what where and how often makes all business decisions more likely to succeed.


20 posted on 11/23/2012 3:36:35 PM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: null and void; Chode

I was hoping to crack a smile! :)


21 posted on 11/23/2012 3:40:39 PM PST by Morgana (Time to play cowboys and muslims.)
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To: null and void
true, and it IS funny, but... unless it's at Victoria's Secret, i'm sure there will be more than a few mothers not wanting to have to explain that to their children, specially the boys 8^)
22 posted on 11/23/2012 3:52:57 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: BenLurkin

There are cameras in almost every store and gas station and bank in America. Exactly how is this any different?


23 posted on 11/23/2012 3:55:18 PM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: Chode

That’s true, they don’t have children’s sizes at Victoria’s Secret...


24 posted on 11/23/2012 3:55:18 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: null and void

...or so I’m told.


25 posted on 11/23/2012 3:56:42 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: Morgana

26 posted on 11/23/2012 4:13:28 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: null and void
if they don't, it won't be long before they do...
27 posted on 11/23/2012 4:17:04 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Teacher317
There are cameras in almost every store and gas station and bank in America. Exactly how is this any different?

The facial recognition software categorizing customers.

28 posted on 11/23/2012 4:26:37 PM PST by Bob
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To: BenLurkin

I saw one of those mannequins at a mall. I pushed a cart of puppies from the pet store in front of it. Next time I was at the mall, that store was handing out free milk bones. They’re not bad if you dip them in coffee.


29 posted on 11/23/2012 4:54:26 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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