"Mannequins have been static but this will pose for the nearest person by sensing his or her position," robot designer Tatsuya Matsui told a news conference Monday.
Palette will double-up as an industrial spy, with the maker planning to program it to judge the age and sex of shoppers and even identify the bags they are carrying and pass along the information to stores for marketing purposes.
Otsuka said it was "safer that the robot stays in a showcase."
"Consumer attention would be diverted to the face if there were one," said Matsui.
Also, cower in fear of Posy the Mouthless Flower Girl!