Updated 12/25/2012 05:00 AM
Tech Beat: 3D photo booth can create a model of your head
There's now a way to have a 3D model of your head created simply by going into a photo booth. Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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Typically when one thinks of a 3D photo, you think of a flat photo that appears to have depth. But in the photo booth inside the new MakerBot store, you can take a photo and have it print out a 3D model.
The printers MakerBot uses can create just about anything -- from toys to tools to sculptures, and now, it can even create a person.
"Right now this is the only place in the world that you can walk in, get 3D scanned and have it all be automated and set up," said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot Industries.
The process is fairly simple. You go into the MakerBot 3D photo booth and get scanned.
Then you sit down, type in your email address, the lights flash and your physical self gets turned into a digital self.
It takes about five minutes for it to take the data from you and turn it into a 3D model.
Once the photo is taken and rendered, it takes about 15 minutes to print a small model or up to about an hour for a larger one.
"It's like the dawn of photography," Pettis said. "Where people would go get, maybe, a Degero type made and then they get an image of themselves. And now it's kind of the same except, instead of getting a 2D image you're getting a 3D model of your own head."
If you'd like to have one you will have to travel to the store, located at 298 Mulberry St.
Heads come in small, medium and large for $20, $40 and $60.
The busts are not printed at the store, but rather are shipped to you after they are created inside a room with 100 MakerBot printers, a room they've nicknamed The Bot-Cave.