Fashion fembot

Tokyo department store Takashimaya is stopping shoppers in their tracks with a Valentines Day display featuring an android mannequin. The lifelike female android smiles, nods and even yawns at people. (tx to Elliot)

Created by Dr Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University, the female robot is programmed with over 60 facial expressions and cycles through four emotional states. She is hooked up to a Kinnect system and facial recognition software, which enables her to react to the presence of people in front of her display.