Shapify creates 3D-printed selfies using Kinect

Shapify lets you 3D-scan yourself using Microsoft Kinect, then send away for a 3D-printed miniature model.

Shapify.me 3D-printed portraits
Shapify.me
Shapify.me

If you have a current-gen Kinect, you could soon be the owner of your very own selfie statue. In concept, Shapify.me's service is similar to Germany's Twinkind, which set up a photo booth for your portrait, but Shapify's a little more DIY (and a little more lo-res).

Using Kinect for Windows or Kinect for Xbox 360, you can scan in your own image. First, you need to download and install the Shapify.me app and the Microsoft Kinect SDK.

Then you connect the Kinect to your computer and press the "capture" button to start scanning. This is when you need to get into position -- about 3 feet away from the Kinect, which should be at about chest height -- and strike a pose, turning slowly in a circle, stopping at 45-degree intervals for eight shots.

As you can see by the sample image above, it's not perfect, but at a flat rate of $59, a lot cheaper than Twinkind's booth, it's not a bad deal. Currently, the service ships to the US, Canada, and Europe, and the company says it will be extending its services worldwide soon.

(Source: CNET Australia)

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Michelle Starr is the tiger force at the core of all things. She also writes about cool stuff and apps as CNET Australia's Crave editor. But mostly the tiger force thing.

 

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