New technology from Japan can monitor all shop visitors, discerning age, gender, and visiting frequency, and measures the data with a system called ‘NeoFace’, all with a normal PC and webcam - via DigInfo (video embedded below):
NEC has developed a marketing service that utilizes facial recognition technology to estimates the age and gender of customers, and accumulates the data, along with the dates and times that customers visit stores. This data is then used to analyze trends in customer behavior and visit frequency.
This service is provided in Japan via NEC’s cloud computing technology, only requires a regular PC and video camera, and is available for approximately $880 (70,000 yen) per month per store.
"This service is mainly intended for retailers that have several stores. It provides retailers with customer attributes based on facial images. That information is helpful for sales strategies."
This service can also detect repeat customers across multiple stores. It uses a face detection and comparison engine developed by NEC, called NeoFace.
China Overtakes Britain to Become the World’s Second Biggest Art Market via Artinfo
If there is still any skepticism about the continuing rise of the Chinese art market, one dramatic new indicator might put that doubt to rest: according to a new study by the British Art Market Federation, China has outpaced the United Kingdom to become the second-largest art market in the world. With Chinese auction and gallery sales constituting nearly a quarter of the world’s art commerce, at 23 percent or $8.3 billion, the country now follows the United States (at 34 percent) while Britain lags at 22 percent.
Rhizome’s Lauren Cornell explains how she’s selling animated GIFs and websites at New York’s Armory Show. (from the YouTube page)
Last month, we learned that Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City curated a show of animated GIFs and now I’ve discovered that Lauren Cornell, the executive director of Rhizome, is selling these often trippy nuggets of Graphics Interchange Format files at the 2011 New York Armory Show.
On Friday, the marketing survey firm Oricon announced its survey results of the home video marketplace during the first half of 2010. The marketplace totaled 143.752 billion yen (about US$1.652 billion) this year, an 111% increase compared to the same period in 2009.
… The top category in the marketplace by revenue was animation at 27.8% with 39.964 billion yen (US$459 million). In particular, while the animation DVD market was 91.3% of what it was the same period last year at 26 billion yen (US$300 million), the animation Blu-ray market rose 218.9% to 13.94 billion yen (US$160 million).
… The top manufacturer in the home video market was Sony Pictures Entertainment, which jumped from #12 last year to #1 this year, and sales rose 259.7% to 9.475 billion yen (US$109 million).
I know, not exactly a thrilling post, but its just not heard of over here, is it?