I GOT MY EYES ON YOU
Beware! That mannequin may be
watching your every move!
Almax's EyeSee technology has facial
recognition and can log age, gender, and
race of unaware shoppers. This can be
useful in determining shopping habits of
retail customers and keeping an eye on
The Italian-based company also plans
to add screens nearby to alert customers
to specific items they can purchase which
are relevant to their profile.
These mannequins from Almax and
Kee Square – a spin-off of Politecnico di
Milano – can not only display clothing
collections, but can encourage consumers
to enter the store. They make it possible to
"observe" who is attracted to window
displays and the time spent looking at
Here’s how it works:
A special camera connected to special
software is installed inside the mannequin's
This software analyzes the facial
features of people passing by, and provides
statistical and contextual information useful
to the development of targeted marketing
The embedded software can also
provide other data such as the number of
people passing in front of a window at
certain times of the day. So, buyers beware!
26 SERVO 01.2013
ROVER ALL OVER
The Rover Spy Tank from Brookstone is a spy camera on wheels that
both adults and kids will love. The rover creates its own Wi-Fi connection
and can be controlled via iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. An adjustable front-mounted camera streams video and takes photos, while a built-in
microphone sends back audio. The device has night vision capability and runs
on six AA batteries (included). Also included is access to a free app to
control the tank.
The dual function camera sends a live video feed from the vehicle as it
moves along its path on its tank-tread wheels, and takes still pictures that
can be shared with friends. It can travel up to 200 feet away from the user
which makes it perfect for remote surveillance on big sisters.
With its wireless range of up to 200 feet, plus the infrared night vision,
its ideal for those late night missions.
A figure model based on AIST’s female
android is being manufactured by WAVE
Corporation — a model company which
previously sold kits based on Honda’s P2 and
P3 humanoid robots. The 1/12 scale model
kit ( 14 cm tall) requires assembly, but the
parts are already painted and feature easy
snap-fit construction. It is also fully posable,
and comes with three heads for different
expressions (“normal,” “surprised,” and
“angry”). The kit won’t be shipped until
February, but it can be pre-ordered online at
stores like Ami Ami and Hobby Link Japan for
around $28 USD (not including shipping).