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Science of Shopping: Cameras & Software That Track Our Shopping Behavior -- Science Nation


Science of Shopping: Cameras & Software That Track Our Shopping Behavior

Go into any grocery store and cameras may be watching you. These cameras are not looking for thieves, theyre looking for shoppers! The cameras are focused on the tops of peoples' heads (so it's anonymous). The cameras don't have to see faces to track which store aisles get the most traffic and how long consumers spend looking over products. With support from NSF, computer scientist and CEO of VideoMining, Rajeev Sharma, and his team have designed software that automatically generates statistics about in-store shopping behavior. These statistics can provide valuable insights for supporting critical decisions in store layout design, merchandising, marketing and customer service. Sharma's team has developed similar technology to help caregivers monitor the elderly.

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