It's hard not to stare when you're walking by store windows and see beautiful, half-covered mannequins, but what if they were staring back at you?
"Oh my gosh really! Ha ha, I think that's really creepy," reacts shopper, Lindsey Beall.
"I would feel a little uncomfortable passing by the mannequins," says shopper, Heather Donovan.
These new high-tech mannequins are called, EyeSee, and just on the other side of the mannequin's eye, is a camera that captures images of passerbys.
"We think mannequins are just nothing and the fact that there would be a camera in there watching us, I mean I know there's cameras all over the stores but it'd just be a little different," says Donovan.
These mannequins are no dummies they operate with a facial recognition software, which means it is capable of capturing a person's age, race and gender.
"Facial recognition has been around for awhile, using it for target marketing is new," says Kasey Hansen.
Kasey Hansen installs security cameras for a living and says the installation isn't easy.
"I mean ultimately you got to send that video wirelessly or take a wire from that mannequin back to the recorder that would do facial recognition and store that data," says Hansen.
Some shoppers say they like the idea and would rather have a mannequin looking at them than a security guard.
"You're always watching a security guard and this way you can be more relaxed and trying on your coat, your scarf, and your boots," says Susan Medrum, a shopper.
"I'd say they better find somebody more interesting to watch," laughs shopper, Jan Daniels.
Retailers can also use the information to find out which products are most likely being purchased and which window displays are bringing in customers. The mannequins are from Italy and have already started making there way to the United States.
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