While China has been busy cloning Apple stores, a business in Japan has started offering clones of a different type. Called simply Clone Factory, this company specializes in making your egotistical dreams come true by creating your very own plastic mini-me, with incredible attention to detail.
To get your clone made, you must first have your picture is taken by a battery of digital SLR cameras, shooting from every angle. These photos are then fed into specialized software that quickly creates a digital 3D model of your head, and prints it out in a nearby 3D printer. After printing, the miniature duplicate is coated with a protective material to ensure it lasts for years to come.
We've seen some pretty cool uses of 3D printers, though nothing quite like this. If you feel like having your very own mini-me made, you'd better start saving — it will set you back a little over $1,770 on top of the plane ticket to the company's lab in Tokyo. You can check out a detailed account of a typical cloning session thanks to the "Tokyo Stormtrooper," Danny Choo.
[Image credit: Danny Choo]
Post by Jacob Bolm
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