08. 22. 2007
Robot recognizes you as a repeat customer
I don't know how I feel about robots that can recognize me and know my shopping habits. Maybe the fact that I bought twelve pairs of jeans in the last six months is a private matter.
According to a Nikkei Weekly story, these information robots are being tested by Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International at Aeon Takanohara Shopping Center in Kizugawa, Kyoto Prefecture. The robots recognize repeat customers and provide shopping guidance based on information contained in an electronic tag attached to the shopper's cell phone. The robots communicate in 1,000 different ways through voice and gesture.
I hope they're programmed to understand me when I yell, "Don't spray me with that perfume, I'm allergic!"