In Pictures: The 31 weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2012

From Google Android development to crazy iPhone stunts, it’s been a busy year

Thanks to our own Ms. Smith for this one: It's doubtful you ever stop to think about all of the overhead security surveillance cameras in stores, but you are aware it's there. A new twist on secretly spying on shoppers would put the camera at your eye level because it is hidden in the eye socket of $5,130 Almax mannequins. If you think dolls are a bit creepy, then how about life-sized dolls that can record a shopper's "age range, gender, race, number of people and time spent" either window shopping or browsing inside the store?

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