UK SUPERMARKET CHAIN Asda has launched an in store 3D scanning and printing service, allowing shoppers to buy creepy ceramic statues of themselves.
The service will begin as a trial kicking off on 15 October in York, in what we can imagine is one of the larger Asda shops. The UK retailer said that the technology is capable of scanning any objects, up to the size of a car, which can then be reduced down to an 8in model.
However, unless you're really into 8in non-working versions of things you already own, the service is rather an expensive one, with each statue costing £40.
The promotional video depicts a blonde lass dressed in urban wear having her body 3D scanned and computer generated and then ported over to the 3D printer, where it is built up in layers of ceramic and painted.
The launch of the service is more proof of the growing ubiquity of the once futuristc technology of 3D printing in mainstream culture.
In July, electronics retailer Maplin became the first high street shop in the UK to start selling a 3D printer for use in the home, which it has priced at £700.
The printer, named the Velleman K8200, is available in Maplin stores, enabling buyers to print out objects at a maximum size of 20x20cm.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that its Windows 8.1 service pack will have support for 3D printing in what the firm claimed will make 3D object production on your PC "as easy as writing a document in Word".
Microsoft said that its 3D printing support will include plug and play support for printers, enabling applications to seamlessly submit 3D print jobs, understand 3D file formats and connect applications with hardware to deliver what it called "an end-to-end solution for customers". µ
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