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Artec’s Shapify Booth is the World’s First 3D Full Body Scanner

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A new partnership between Artec Group and Asda has made Asda the first supermarket in the UK with 3D printing technology. Asda recently installed the Artec Shapify Booth — the world’s first “high speed 3D full body scanner” — in its Trafford Park store. The booth will let customers create a 3D miniature replica (what Artec calls a “shapie”) of themselves.

The booth, which takes only 12 seconds to scan a person, is equipped with wide-view, high-resolution 3D scanners and a rotation rig. The 700 captured surfaces are then translated into a detailed printable file and sent to a printing center where they become 8″ mini-statues (in full color!). Then, just a week later, the statues are back in the store and ready for pick-up.

The possibilities for the technology are limitless — you can make shapies of your family, sports team, wedding party and more.

If the first installation of the Shapify technology is successful, more booths will roll out this fall.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.