New Security and Data Gathering System Means that the Mannequins May Be Watching You

If it seems like the mannequins are watching you back while you're out shopping, you may not be paranoid. The EyeSee system uses cameras implanted in store dummies to monitor consumers and gather data on their habits. According to Businessweek
The EyeSee looks ordinary enough on the outside, with its slender polystyrene frame, blank face and improbable pose. Inside, it’s no dummy. A camera embedded in one eye feeds data into facial-recognition software like that used by police. It logs the age, gender, and race of passers-by...To give the EyeSee ears as well as eyes, Almax is testing technology that recognizes words to allow retailers to eavesdrop on what shoppers say about the mannequin’s attire. Catanese says the company also plans to add screens next to the dummies to prompt customers about products relevant to their profile, much like cookies and pop-up ads on a website.

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