The Japanese are big fans of the photo booth, producing some of the most original examples of the stand-alone photo devices you can imagine: from machines which add cute frames around your pictures to examples which morph you into a big eyed manga character. Now a company called Omote 3D is taking the concept to the next level and will soon be offering people their likeness in miniature printed 3D form!
The company will be opening a pop-up shop at the Eye of Gyre gallery in Harajuku, where customers can get their figure scanned and printed using 3D printing technology. It’s a pretty fantastic concept. Imagine this: while today we find 2D prints of our long past relatives hidden away in a box – often wondering what they looked like in real-life – future generations may find our likeness in 3D form, giving a far more realistic glimpse of our actual appearance.
Omote and the Tokyo based creative lab PARTY, plan to operate the service daily from November 24th to January 13th, 2013 at a pop up store in the Eye of Gyre gallery, offering 3 sizes: small 10cm, medium 15cm, or large 20cm. The price for your “mini-me” isn’t exactly cheap, and will range between 21,000 to 42,000 yen ($264 to $529)… then again, that’s a small price for miniature immortality.