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Window Shopping With Gesture Recognition 39

Posted by samzenpus
from the point-and-purchase dept.
angry tapir writes "German researchers have given a new meaning to window shopping. At the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute showed a prototype that lets shoppers learn more about what's in a store display window when the store is closed. Called the Interactive Shop Window, the system consists of a flat screen monitor and a motion tracker positioned behind the glass of a store's front window."
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Window Shopping With Gesture Recognition

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  • Consumers (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Mensa Babe (675349) * on Monday September 05, 2011 @08:11AM (#37307544) Homepage Journal
    Can't they just wait to learn more about what's in a store display window till the store is open? I feel sorry for them. It is called oniomania [wikipedia.org] and I don't really think that we should use technology to worsen the suffering of people who are seriously addicted and need our help instead of blatant exploitation of their condition.
    • by xtracto (837672)

      Well it depends. In Germany, shops must close every Sunday by law. Thus you have a whole day in which a lot of people have free time to go out.... but they cannot enter your store. I have been amazed at this fact since I arrived to Germany 3 years ago. Why would shops close in one of the only days I have free time? A similar thing happened in the UK about 6 years ago (I think they now open also Sundays) but worse, as shops closed exactly at 5:00pm on weekdays (when I got out of work... uh?).

      This technology

      • This technology at least give people something to do on those days.

        I feel sorry for people who don't know what to do if they can't go shopping.

      • by prionic6 (858109)

        This may be debatable, but shops close when you have free time because the people who work there would like to have free time, too.

        • by nashv (1479253)

          On the other hand, you don't want retail staff having free time when the consumer is most likely to shop. It comes with the job package. Living in Germany after growing up in a megacity like Mumbai , I find this close-early/weekends off habit of stores utterly strange and illogical.

        • I wasn't aware that every employee had to be there all the time the store is open. And it must be superb being a criminal if the police only work 9-5, M-F.

          Moron.

    • Can't they just wait to learn more about what's in a store display window till the store is open? I feel sorry for them. It is called oniomania [wikipedia.org] and I don't really think that we should use technology to worsen the suffering of people who are seriously addicted and need our help instead of blatant exploitation of their condition.

      Welcome to capitalism.

    • by Sockatume (732728)

      The target here isn't "consumers", it's "stores". It's been developed so it can be sold to stores who will hope it can help advertise their wares. It has not - as you seem to have misconstrued - been developed to meet some demand from consumers. That demand does not exist.

    • by jperl (1453911)
      I for one would think that online shops which are open 24/7 are worse for people suffering from shopping addiction. An online shops seems much more tempting than a physical store which is even closed. If you are dependent on shopping, simply getting information about a product will not satisfy your needs.
    • by antdude (79039)

      It reminds me of commercials with women waiting for Ross(?) stores' doors to open many years ago. Heh. :)

  • If the store has a decent Website, I can browse whatever is in there from the comfort of my own home. In the simplest version, just take a few photos of the inside of the store, and update them every week; no need for a content management system.

    Just write the Web address in the store window, or has "A Method and Process of Getting Folks to Visit Your Website by Advertising it" already been patented?

    • Exactly, this could be useful for advertising (in which case it doesn't need to be interactive), but a website with a good product catalog would solve the problem. Best of all, that way the person doesn't need to be standing at your storefront and can look at your products any time they like! Amazing!

  • by rossdee (243626)

    I don't want to go Window shopping, I am quite happy with Windows XP SP3 and don't see any need to upgrade to a slower bloated operating system.

  • Like the fact it doesn't fucking work. Why gestures? You could put a touch screen layer on the glass and people could interact with it like that. I've seen it done at least a decade ago for a tourist information kiosk and it worked just fine. Sounds like this is a solution desperately looking for a problem and a solution for it's own problems.
    • Oooooh! Flat screen!

      Gestures? How about the one of the arm cocked back about to throw a hard object? Danger Will Robinson! People attempting to shop the store after hours!

    • by Sockatume (732728)

      How often do you seem someone wash their hands before leaving the restroom ? How often do you seem someone wash their hands before they use a touchscreen?

      (Also an optical gesture control system means you don't have to modify your existing glazing to accomodate a touchscreen, but not getting Mr. I Was Just Pissing's dick germs on my hands is reason enough.)

      • s/touchscreen/pay phone/door handle/any other object someone else might have handled before me/

        The very fact that this product doesn't even work properly, and they admit that, just goes to show what a massive waste of time it is. Can you honestly see people waving their arms around in front of a shop window to find out more about a product. Information they're not going to be able to take home with them and study/compare.

        Just stick some QR codes to the window and let people use their own hardware to acc
        • by Sockatume (732728)

          Yeah, I suppose "it's not as unhygenic as an outdoor touchscreen" isn't exactly a positive trait.

  • Windows Shipping with Gesture Recognition.
  • I love this. I want to play with it. I have a few "gestures" I want it to recognize. Incidentally I am performing one of those gestures right now. Well, two of them, they are reciprocal. I also like to wear long coats, I have a collection. So I just may ask the thing to show me another long coat.
  • Can it recognize this [youtube.com], you fucking squareheads?

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