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Photo: Supermodel bot

A Japanese firm has developed a mannequin robot that can strike glamorous poses for shoppers--and spy on what they're buying.

Supermodel bot

Using motion-capture technology, a mannequin robot named "Palette" strikes a supermodel pose at a Feb. 28 Tokyo press event. The robot, designed by Tatsuya Matsui of Flower Robotics, can strike glamorous poses aimed at making clothing more appealing to consumers. It can also identify bags shoppers are carrying and pass the information along to stores for marketing purposes. Palette is expected to go on sale this year for the fashion and service industries.

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