Futuristic Photo Booth 3-D Prints Your Portrait

A new exhibit in Japan will scan visitors, then turn that data into 3-D printed representations. Here's a look at some of those portraits. (via Spoon & Tamago)

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A 3-D Printed Portrait

Did you ever take those photo-booth images in a mall or theme park, the ones that came out in a multi-panel strip? Well, welcome to the future of that. A new exhibit in Japan will be offering “portraits” made with a 3-D printer.

A Framed Portrait

The 3-D portraits will be taken at exhibition space EYE OF GYRE in Harajuku, Japan. It runs from November 24 to January 14.

A Side-By-Side Look

To sign up for a portrait, reservations have to be made in advance.

With And Without Color

The project is being done by tech-savvy design team PARTY.

Out On The Street

At the exhibit, people will be shot with a 3-D scanner. That data will then be sent to a 3-D printer to make the portraits.

Tabletop Portrait

The technology still isn’t perfect, of course, so the designers have provided guidelines–mostly about what materials can be worn–to make sure the portraits turn out correctly. (Portraits of things known to move around a lot, like pets or children under six, aren’t recommended, either.)

Three Sizes

The resulting portraits come in three sizes: 10 centimeters, 15 centimeters, and 20 centimeters. They go for 21,000 yen ($262 USD), 32,000 yen ($400 USD), and 42,000 yen ($524 USD), respectively.