Do Japanese shoppers dream of electric sheep?
A department store in Osaka is counting on an android sales assistant to boost its bottom line.
Android: “Thank you for coming today.”
Minami was developed by a professor at Osaka University.
It was hired by the Takashimaya department store as part of a summer fashion event.
Customers can interact with the well-mannered attendant using a touch panel.
Android: "Looking at you, I think harvest or permanent colors would contrast most favorably with your face. Based on these colors, here’s a set of items I would recommend."
Minami will be advising customers until May 20th.