When you walk into a photo booth, you expect to get a strip of low-quality photos of yourself making funny faces in return. You don’t expect to get a figurine of yourself, though.
The Omote 3D is a large booth that produces a small figurine of you instead of a photograph. To get a figurine, you have to stand still for around 15 minutes while a technician captures images of your body from various angles with a 3D scanner. ( This sounds like a nightmare for us fidgety types! —Ed.) A computer then combines the images and renders a three-dimensional version of your pose.
After a member of the Omote team makes tweaks to the model, the printer then makes your figurine using a 3D printer.
Each figure is printed in full color, and even features tiny details, like fingernails and stands of hair. There are three different sizes of caricature, and prices range between $260 and $530, so it’s a good bit more expensive than your traditional photo booth.
The team behind the Omote 3D takes reservations if you want to give it a go, as it will be set up at the EYE OF GYRE exhibition in the Harajuku area of Tokyo between November 24 and January 14. Unfortunately, that means unless you’re in the Tokyo area between those dates you might not be likely to pick up your own minifigure, because there aren’t any plans to visit elsewhere yet.
Despite the price and the distance to travel, I can’t help but want one of these. Plus, if you bring enough friends and family together, you could create your own figurine box set with a little more meaning to it.
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