Art installation lets you be your own Souvenir

3d_souvenir_printer

The team at [blablabLAB] have been hard at work on their latest project, which they unleashed on the streets of Barcelona in the La Rambla pedestrian mall. Their art installation allows you to pose in the middle of the mall and receive a plastic statue of yourself as a souvenir.

Not unlike the “Fabricate Yourself” installation we saw a short time ago, this project also uses the Kinect to create a 3D representation of the subject, though it uses three separate sensors rather than just one. Each sensor is positioned around a centralized platform, creating a complete 3D model, which is then sent to a RapMan 3D printer stationed nearby.

Each user is then gifted a plastic representation of themselves to take home – it’s almost like an interactive human Mold-A-Rama. While the figures are neat, it would be great to see what sorts of plastic statues could be made using a higher resolution 3D printer like the one we featured a week ago.

Check out the video below to see the souvenir printer in action.

Comments

  1. hirudinea says:

    Neat, but they should do the head and sell it as part of a DIY bobblehead kit (Head, body & paint.) I alwayswanted to be a bobblehead. :)

  2. Hackius says:

    The kinect doesn’t have enough resolution for that.

  3. 3dug says:

    The kinect obviously has enough resolution for a low resolution 3d printer like that, its actually a really good match.

  4. rusty says:

    how much does it cost to get one?

  5. Dan B says:

    This is just too cool. I can think of several people I’d like to have stand there just so I could have a totally unique memento of that person.
    Plus I could have a totally unique chess set using friends as players…

  6. Husky Gentleman says:

    It’s like when you look at a picture of your self and realise you’ve been fooling you self on that diet but in 3D….

  7. adam says:

    @rusty considering each of the 3 kinects cost $200 and a 3d plotter like that will run you anywhere from $300-2000 depending on if they had parts for a cnc to start with or built a reprap from scratch, it was probably pretty expensive.

    any idea how long those actually took to print? even with a fairly low resolution that video had to be speed up

  8. valentin says:

    I wanna see this setup for life real 3D video!!!!
    6 vga streams and then later post processing.

  9. zool says:

    cool, they should have people dress up and make a chess set

  10. CutThroughStuffGuy says:

    “Art installation lets you be your own Souvenir”…… nine hours later.

  11. Tea@ict says:

    I hope someone builds a high resolution Kinect like device soon. That would open up endless possibilities in science and media.
    It would be a good thing to have full surround real time 3D support built in. Like light filters for color multiplexing of the depth information. Well it seems to allready work pretty good without it though.
    I wonder how long it will take until I can get a high resolution, full color, 3D print of myself for a reasonable price (meaning one that I can actually afford) generated by a similar device. Something like that should be in every major city (at least).

  12. andrew says:

    How do they prevent the 3 kinects from interfering with each other?

  13. Xb0xguru says:

    @andrew – I was going to ask the same question. All I can think of is either they changed the IR frequency of the other two or they have them on 10fps each in a rotated fashion..

  14. blablabLAB says:

    @ Hackius – exactly! a pitty since the resolution of a rapman is incredible, and the kinect can do real time scanning…
    @ rusty – the souvenirs were given for free. the installation was about making people participate and also about creating wareness around the new pervasive technologies. we made them sign we agreed on beeing 3d scanned
    @ adam – the print of teh figures averaged 10-15 minutes with a rapman 3.1
    @ Tea – i recommend you researching for structured -light algorithms… the kinect its not the best but the easiest (and cheapest!) of the setups. this installation planned to use Build Your Own 3D Scanner before the kinect came out.
    @ andrew – because of the geometric setup they only overlap at some small areas of the body. anyway we used sequenced mechanic shutters to avoid the interferences.

    thanks for your comments!

  15. Life2Death says:

    Kinda sloppy 3D printing, but for the reprap, I can see why. Hopefully some of the issues get worked out, I suggested to someone that they heat the work space so everything cools uniformly and not warp, not just the base.

    Cheers.

  16. nrp says:

    love it

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s