A creepy new AI system could identify shoplifters before they actually steal based on their body language.
Japanese startup Vaak has developed software, which it is already marketing to a range of retail clients, that analyzes footage from security cameras to spot fidgeting, restlessness and other body language cues that could be suspicious.
According to Bloomberg Quint, the “Minority Report”-style technology uses algorithms to analyze the footage and then alerts retail staffers about potential thieves via an app, with the overall goal of preventing theft.
“If we go into many retailers whether in the US or UK, there are very often going to be CCTV cameras or some form of cameras within the store operation,” Thomas O’Connor, a retail analyst at Gartner, told Bloomberg Quint.
“That’s being leveraged by linking it to an analytics tool, which can then do the actual analysis in a more efficient and effective way.”