Blog: Strike a pose
Leonie Barrie | 8 March 2005
Fiction once again seems to be the inspiration for fact with news that a Japanese company has developed a moving mannequin. In the 1987 US film Mannequin, a department store window-dresser falls in love with a shop dummy; in 2005, designer Tatsuya Matsui has come up with a robot that not only strikes a pose for customers but spies on them while doing so. Apparently the mannequin’s movements – and the fact that it’s faceless – focus customer attention on the clothes; perhaps that’s just a subtle ploy so shoppers don’t realise they’re being watched too.
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