October 24, 2013
3D mini-me statues: cheap, fast, and ready to take home after you get your groceries
Wrote Oliver Wainwright in The Guardian, "Now you can get a figurine made of yourself in the time it takes to do your shopping."
"First launched in Tokyo's Harajuku district last year, in the cradle of teenage novelty trends, the phenomenon of the 3D photo booth has quickly spread around the world: the service is now offered in Walmart and will soon be rolled out in Asda stores, so you can pick up a self-portrait with your groceries for around £40."
Above and below, five Guardian writers and their new fetish-like body doubles.
Anyone got a spell?
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My father has gnome statues in his flower beds. I wanted to do the same with a twist: the gnomes would be family members. Mom, Dad, my wife, pets, etc. At $60 a pop, this is out of my range, but with some time it could come down. You could repaint them if the color is off, or as it fades.
Posted by: itsrichard | Oct 28, 2013 1:57:52 PM
A great reflection of one's self - it really shows all the aspects of a body. Unlike looking in the mirror, and avoiding a glance to flawed body parts, this would force self study. Like a photo it has caught a millisecond of time, and much can be deduced of a personality (whether factual or not) in a such glimpse.
Posted by: Rhea | Oct 26, 2013 3:48:41 PM
Very entertaining write-ups. Enlightening as well, revealing some of the limitations of the current technology. Too bad the color is off. I can see what they mean by the little figures being corpse-like. I'm sure creative folks can drum up uses for these impressive likenesses. I like it, but would wait until the color rendering gets better.
Posted by: Bubbub | Oct 25, 2013 1:13:45 PM
On the other hand, I fervently hope this becomes available before my parents (who just entered their 90's) are gone. What a gift to me and my children to be able to see every little wrinkle from my dad's impish grin and the baggy jeans on his fit little rear end when we are thinking of him years from now.
Posted by: Carol | Oct 25, 2013 8:08:32 AM
Really amazing and yet,after my initial response, "Oh G-d I want that!", I had to agree with the writers. What would I do with it? It does seem a bit narcissistic, like people who put portraits of themselves above the fireplace. And could I handle the "unendurably brutal"? I certainly wouldn't enter that booth without a pair of killer pumps and my best Spanx. Maybe the British are more comfortable in their skin, but I think Americans would want the pictures photoshopped before being rendered into 3D, giving us an idealized statue to match our idealized self images. The custom bobbleheads that a few companies are doing seem kinder, with their goofy cartoon bodies. Maybe if I put on a fairy costume, assumed a flying pose and hung a string from my head....Or, I suppose, when it can handle more than one person, my family sitting on the couch, like the Simpsons might be nice. I assume they could be made larger...Oh no! The weirdest image of all just popped into my head, the cemetery of the future...aaiiiii!
Posted by: tamra | Oct 25, 2013 12:18:45 AM
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