As if mannequins weren’t already creepy enough Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in conjunction with Takashimiya, a department store in Tokyo, has developed an android mannequin that interacts with shoppers. The android, who as far as I can tell doesn’t really have a name, sits in the display window of a store, staring at her phone and yawning. She apparently is capable of 40 different facial expressions, though in the video she appears to only know how to look bored, creepy, or tired.
Dr Hiroshi Ishiguro has been developing Geminoid android robots for a while. The androids, which are nearly-human looking besides they’re eerily perfect skin and emotionless eyes have appeared at the Ars Electronica Festival and in Denmark. Though the human presence—in other words, the ability to interact like humans—has yet to be developed Ishiguro says he hopes to see these mannequins gain a human touch and maybe eventually make their way to major stores in the U.S at some point.
Check out the video below to see the mannequin in action.