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VIDEO: Are Smart Mirrors Creepy?

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More and more retailers are adding "smart mirrors" to their stores — mirrors that allow you to virtually try on other styles and patterns of the clothes you're actually trying on. As we get more and more accustomed to this miracle of modern science, retailers are thinking about adding some technology to the actual dressing rooms.

In this short video, our experts discuss if there are just some places that technology shouldn't go... like dressing rooms.


What about you, readers? Should dressing rooms be a technology-free zone? Where do you not want technology to be present? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!


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5 comments
jaoakland1
I am firmly in the creepy camp.
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@johnnylately Yeah I was thinking about that too, sort of... I don't like how this might make the store more involved in my decision making process. I don't really like input from sales people while trying on clothes. It rarely feels genuine, and I assume they're trying to push higher-price items on me. It seems likely that this could serve a similar purpose.
India-dealnews
Creepy and probably not functional. I am with Jeff, just because it is the same item, same brand, from the same store and off the same rack does not mean it will fit the same way the one you tried on did in a different color. I major clothing retailer I used to work for, who shall remain nameless, is a prime example.
johnnylately
I imagine they would turn into billboards serving up ads which would be quite annoying. So if it can see that I'm too old for the hipster clothes I have on it'll recommend an AARP membership or something. Then I'll have to smash it like I do my mirrors at home.
Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
Since I can't imagine this working well enough at this point in time to be really, truly useful (and not just a cool-ish gimmick), then I'm in the creepy camp. For now at least!
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