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Honey, I shrank the family

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Angus Holland

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A Japanese company is using 3D technology to produce doll-like replicas of people.

A Japanese company is using 3D technology to produce doll-like replicas of people.

Fancy a tiny model . . . of yourself?

A Japanese design outfit has come up with a novel application for 3D printing: a 3D photobooth that takes your picture and produces a tiny, doll-like replica of you. Or, for the less egotistical, your family and friends.

The Omote 3D booth opens to the public on November 24 as an art installation in the Eye of Gyre exhibition space in the Tokyo district of Harajuku, and is currently taking advance bookings.

A figurine couple.

A figurine couple.

You will need to be there in person to be manually scanned, a process that takes around 15 minutes, and you have to stand still, which rules out hard-to-hold complicated poses.

The figurines are available in three sizes from 10 to 20 centimetres, priced from $250-$500. "Reprints" will be available for those who want multiples – a quirky Christmas gift for the relatives, perhaps.

The project runs until January 14.