These days you see so many people taking selfie pictures. Wouldn’t it be interesting to send someone a different type of “picture” of yourself? You now have the capability of doing just that with this mixture of new technologies.
If you have a Microsoft Kinect and a computer you are ready to go. You use the Kinect as a camera to make a 3D scan of yourself by using a product called Shapify.me – it obtains the full body scan from 8 different angles and assembles them into a 3D image.
After obtaining the 3D image you like, you can use a 3D printing company like Sculpteo to “print” a 4 inch statue of yourself for around $59. The statues are still somewhat crude at this stage but there are continual improvements.
3D printing is exploding right now. There is even a 3D food printer called Foodini now out at a cost of around $1,300.