I Smell A Boycott (Or Is It A Giant Pretzel?): Customer Attracting Humanoid Store Display In Japanese Mall

February 8, 2012


This is a video of a humanoid robot in the window of a Japanese department store designed to interact with customers and attract more business. Oooooooor get fondled by perverts.

Japanese department store Takashimiya installed an eerily lifelike interactive robot for its Valentine's window display. The retailer called on robotics guru Hiroshi Ishiguro to provide the humanoid dummy, which can not only wink and yawn as people approach, but also display a range of emotions...While this was just part of the store's seasonal promotion, it might be a hint at where visual merchandise is going.

Oh, it's a hint at where visual merchandising is going alright. STRAIGHT DOWN THE SHITTER. Oh man, I remember going to the mall when I was a kid and some of the stores would have real-life people posing as mannequins in their windows and my brother and I would try to get them to laugh. I think I may have even showed them my penis once. Which, in hindsight, was probably illegal. For them. I was seven!

Hit the jump for I will hide in the bedding section until you close the store for the night and then BURN IT TO THE GROUND.

Hiroshi Ishiguro's android mannequin creeps out Japanese shoppers [engadget]

Thanks to cocoa, who promised me she'd hide in one of those present boxes and then jump out and choke the robot to death while I distracted it. See? Teamwork -- that's what relationships are all about. That and forming an unstoppable death squad that'll murder anything in its path. Sooooooo -- you wanna stomp this guy's head or should I?

  • I suddenly want to revisit the Spielberg film AI - I didn't like it before, but I have a feeling it might take on a whole new meaning now!

  • burn it ! now !

  • David McQuoid

    Am I the only one who thinks it's blinking way to much? Cause it's bothering me.

  • Guest

    It's not the amount but the speed. So... Am I the only one who misread "attracting" for "attacking" in the tittle?

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Robots are supposed to be efficient, useful and doing this better than humans, otherwise we hire humans... I don't see reproducing the human body helps selling the product OR anything else for that matter.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    I'll only be truly creeped out when a robot can move in a completely naturalistic manner... the limp fingers and seemingly broken ankles/legs (with multiple compound fractures) are quite disturbing, though.

  • Too creepy. Robots shouldn't look like people - it's just wrong.

  • Kendra


  • westmclarenmerc

    You dirty mind reader!?!?!?! XD

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