Tokyo's 3D printing photobooth lets you turn yourself into an action figure

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The advent of the photobooth gave ordinary people access to inexpensive photo portraits. The 3D printing photobooth might do the same thing—with personal action figures. A pop-up shop opening this month in Tokyo's Harajuku neighborhood will let folks print out 3D dolls of themselves.

Omote 3D Shashin Kan will open on November 24 in the Eye of Gyre exhibition space in Harajuku and run until January 14, 2013. A technician at the lab will scan your body (much like with early photography, you'll need to be able to hold a certain pose for 15 minutes) and print out an impressively realistic 3D photo that captures not only your features, but also the basic textures of your clothing and hair. The process isn't cheap; for a single individual, a 10-cm figurine will run you ¥ 21,000 (~$264 USD), although there are discounts for groups of three or more. If you're in Tokyo during that time, it might be a neat idea to take a family portrait.

Edit: Despite this being bill as the first 3D printing photobooth, a store in Madrid has been offering 3D figurines of customers since 2010. [3D-U] Thanks to Sebastian for the info!


Omote 3D [via Spoon & Tamago via Nerdcore]