3D Photo Booth – Yes, Of Course It’s in Japan

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Here’s a new spin on the traditional photo booth – 3D. And by 3D, I mean this photo booth uses 3D printing technology to make little three-dimensional figures instead of the standard strip of three grainy photos. The 3D photo booth has only made one appearance so far, at an art gallery in Harajuku, Japan where it will be located from November 24 to January 14, 2013. The “photos” aren’t cheap, either. The 3D figures are available in three sizes – 10cm, 15cm and 20cm, which sell for US $261, $399 and $523, respectively.

Miniature Figure From 3D Photo Booth

The Omote 3D photo booth uses 3D printing technology (see process photos, below) to scan and render 3D copies of the subject. This technology is more commonly used to make solid prototypes, which can then be used to make molds. This is the first I’ve heard of it being used for artistic purposes, and it’s a pretty cool idea, even if it is expensive. Who wouldn’t want a little 3D action figure of themself?

3D Photo Booth: Taking the 3D "Photo"

3D Photo Booth Process

Omote 3D Photo Booth Web Site >>


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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.


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