The future of retail merchandising could see androids with human-like appearances.
From afar, Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro’s mannequin looks like another store front merchandise. However, go a bit closer and the mannequin might just start smiling and winking at you. The lifelike female robot is displayed in shop a window at the Tokyo department store Takashimiya as part of a Valentine’s Day promotion. The android mannequin sits quietly with her phone and bag and awaits for shoppers to pass by so she can interact with them.
The android mannequin is capable of 60 facial expressions and cycles through four main emotional states. She also has a built-in facial recognition software that enables her to react to people in front of the display.
Dr. Ishiguro android robots are known for their human appearances and it is the first time one of his androids has been used in a commercial setting. Dr. Ishiguro is optimistic that this could be the “future of shop displays” to replace static traditional mannequins.
Watch the video below to see how the lifelike mannequin interacts with passersby.