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Automated Human Sign Spinner



When businesses learned that a person carrying a sign drew a lot more attention than a static sign, a whole new occupation was born: the sign spinner. Now it seems that at least one business wants to save that expense. Rob Cockerham spotted this automated sign spinner in Sacramento, California. See her in action at Cockeyed.com. Link

Ha! I took a picture of this same robot this past weekend after covering it on my show a couple months back. The view from the back where the sign connects to the arms is creepy. The owners were watching me very carefully.
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There's a similar one in Lincoln, CA and it always makes me do a double-take. It's just a little creepy and wanders too close to the uncanny valley.
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The need for a human to hold these signs is to curcumvent local laws that do not allow for off property signs of any type (other than political). In my local community people holding signs is the only way to display a "sale" or other temporary sign of any type.
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