A clever hack in the form of an art installation uses custom software and 3D printing to create a souvenir sized version of the visitor.
Interested in creating a mini version of yourself? It’s very possible thanks to Be Your Own Souvenir, a project actualized by Barcelona based blablabLAB.
This past January, the installation connected passersby with the arts and technology, allowing people to become active collaborators with blablabLAB . Each visitor assumed the dual role of producer and consumer, with the help of customized software using both openFrameworks and openKinect. The system invited each guest (acting as a human statue) to be filmed in front of three kinect sensors for a full 360-degree scan. Real-time 3-D data was used to duplicate the best image of a subject via the hacked controller interface, then code was applied to turn the data points into a volumetric 3-D model. Moments later, the RapMan 3.1 3D printer ejected a figurine-sized version of the participant. blablabLAB describes the project’s aim:
The project mimics the informal artistic context of this popular street, human sculptures and craftsmen, bringing diverse realities and enabling greater empathy between the agents that cohabit in the public space.
Watch a demonstration below.