When Mannequins Move

A department store in Japan used Kinect technology to create a new kind of marionette: one directed not (just) by strings and human will, but by strings and human will and interactive technology. Mannequins that move! And that mimic your movements! Whether you happen to find the mannequin-marionettes in the video above incredibly awesome or incredibly creepy, it’s a good gimmick for stores that are always looking for ways to lure customers to their brick-and-mortar establishments.