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(Some Guy)   Creepiest internet trend so far are showroom mannequins who call your cell phone to tell you what they're wearing if you get too close   (internetretailing.net) divider line 23
    More: Scary, brand manager, Brick and mortar business, smartphones  
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1481 clicks; posted to Business » on 16 Aug 2014 at 1:34 PM (18 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-08-16 12:00:09 PM  
"*heavy breathing*What are you wearing?"
"Shut up mannequin!"
 
2014-08-16 01:36:08 PM  
Autons!
 
2014-08-16 01:39:11 PM  
I already know what they're wearing because my glass told me as I walked up to them.  It also found me nudes of all the female cashiers so now I don't need the mannequin anymore.
 
2014-08-16 01:44:10 PM  
If stores around here started pulling that crap, I'll just have to start avoiding them. There's a reason I ask if we can just skip that step when you ask for my phone number and email address. Don't push me all the way into your competitors' arms.
 
2014-08-16 01:49:24 PM  
Scary that they can access your smart phone.
 
2014-08-16 02:08:17 PM  
Why would someone willingly give out their cell phone number to a clothing store?
 
2014-08-16 02:25:48 PM  
Um, you get what you deserve (annoyed and a dead battery) if you a) leave bluetooth on and b) associate with every damn device that your phone happens to encounter.
 
2014-08-16 02:27:37 PM  

cig-mkr: Scary that they can access your smart phone.


It can't unless you're stupid enough to install their app.

I don't see any advantage to the consumer here.  Hey, how about putting a little sign up or a tag on the garment?
 
2014-08-16 02:32:52 PM  
We've always known that Kim Catrall is desperate for attention, but this goes too far.
 
2014-08-16 02:42:49 PM  
Yeah, I'm going to add that to the NOPE list.
 
2014-08-16 02:43:46 PM  

gfid: cig-mkr: Scary that they can access your smart phone.

It can't unless you're stupid enough to install their app.

I don't see any advantage to the consumer here.  Hey, how about putting a little sign up or a tag on the garment?


You must but have ran into these yet. No apps necessary for the ones I've seen. They're probably picking up your info either via Bluetooth or free WiFi, of which most phones connect to automatically by default.

This is what happens when technologies are designed for ease of use over security.
 
2014-08-16 03:27:40 PM  

grumpyguru: You must but have ran into these yet. No apps necessary for the ones I've seen. They're probably picking up your info either via Bluetooth or free WiFi, of which most phones connect to automatically by default.

This is what happens when technologies are designed for ease of use over security.


Interesting - I thought I had to pair a bluetooth device, but since my bluetooth earpiece died a long time ago I just never turn BT on anymore.  I was surprised just now to find the Wi-Fi was enabled on my phone and connected to my home network although you need a password and the SSID is not broadcast even though I don't remember setting that up.

I'd be really pissed if a store started pushing things to me that I didn't ask for.

Then again, I'm not tied to my phone like some people.  I consider it a phone first.  Texting, Internet, GPS and camera are all nice to have but rarely ever used by me.

The only reason I carry it with me when I leave the house most of the time is in case of emergencies.
 
2014-08-16 03:45:27 PM  
liz-jen.com
This was happening long before smartphones.
 
2014-08-16 04:47:49 PM  

MrEricSir: [liz-jen.com image 320x240]
This was happening long before smartphones.


At least you didn't try to tag that as 'obscure,' Jeff.

/the system probably runs on an RFID/NFC connection only has a range of about 3 feet
//still, it's scraping the bottom of the uncanny valley
 
2014-08-16 05:53:36 PM  
images.tvrage.com

They're just calling you to let you know that your time amongst the living is up...
 
2014-08-16 07:17:59 PM  

Free Radical: [images.tvrage.com image 250x188]

They're just calling you to let you know that your time amongst the living is up...


Nice ref.  that was one of the dumbest Twilight Zone eps.
 
2014-08-16 07:42:16 PM  

Free Radical: [images.tvrage.com image 250x188]

They're just calling you to let you know that your time amongst the living is up...


I saw that when I was like 8 or so and it freaked me out.  Didn't go near mannequins for a bit.
 
2014-08-16 09:28:28 PM  
souciant.com
 
2014-08-16 11:15:05 PM  
That's one reason I use a cheap, low-end flip phone. It's just a phone that can also send and receive texts. As far as I know, it doesn't give up and receive too much info without my knowledge.
 
2014-08-17 07:12:30 AM  
How is this an "internet trend"?
 
2014-08-17 11:42:11 AM  
Ahh.. (Scribbles frantically)

 Reason #238 not to have a cell phone...
 
2014-08-17 03:49:34 PM  
Phillip K. Dick had a phrase that was transmitted back and blew them up; the ad-vantages of being the programmer over/and an ad-man with an idea.
 
2014-08-17 06:16:18 PM  
Look, I don't have a mannequin fetish, but there's not much preventing me from getting one.
 
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