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Forget selfies, here come the shapies: get a 3D model of yourself as you shop

Shoppers looking at the models Credit: Manchester Evening News

Shoppers at a supermarket in Manchester can get a mini model of themselves made up before they get their weekly shop.

Asda in Trafford have installed a full body scanner to create 3D replicas known as a shapies.

A model sitting in the store Credit: Manchester Evening News

Anyone who wants a model steps into a booth where cameras take thousands of snapshots from every angle.

Molly Torkington in the scanner Credit: Manchester Evening News

The images are then processed by a computer, which takes 12 seconds to create a 3D model on-screen, with accurate geometric shaping and colouring, to be sent to an off-site 3D printer.

3D image of Molly Torkington Credit: Manchester Evening News

A few days later the customer can then pick up an 8in exact replica of themselves with every tiny detail exactly etched in porcelain.

The models cost £60.

Asda staff member Tommy Hornby with his 3D mini-me model Credit: Manchester Evening News

The scanner was created by the Artec group and the two million pound technology has been use by Nasa, doctors and architects.

Phil Stout, Asda’s innovation manager said: “Manchester is a technology based city and it had the first airport body scanners - so it seemed fitting it should be the first city to get one of these.”

Many customers have already shown interest - from soldiers wanting to leave their replica behind with family, to sports people with their medals, to people on a diet using their model as a motivational tool.

The scanner will be Asda in Trafford until June 22, and if successful could lead to a roll-out across 10 stores this summer.


Judge agrees with Eric Pickles to grant plans for Trafford biomass plant

Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A High Court judge has ruled that a decision made to grant planning approval to a biomass plant proposal in Trafford by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles was sound. The judgement was made in the Manchester Civil Court on 24 February 2014.

Jon England, project manager at Peel Energy, said: “We now intend to focus our attention on completing the work necessary for the plant to be built so it can start generating renewable electricity for the homes and businesses of Greater Manchester.”

The Breathe Clean Air Group say they're disappointed: The reality of today’s decision means that an incinerator almost as tall as the Chill Factore will be built opposite the stadium of Salford Reds and Sale Sharks Rugby Clubs and only 500m from the nearest homes. It will be a smiling assassin.

The site is partially located in an Air Quality Management Area, where plans should be in place to reduce air pollution for public safety, not add to it.


Coronation Street set could be opened to the public

The famous Rovers Return. Credit: PA

Fans of Coronation Street could soon walk along the famous cobbles after filming moves to a new site.

ITV is considering a planning application which could see the Quay Street set in Manchester opened to the public for a six month period.

Production of the soap will move to new studios in Trafford early next year.

The new Coronation Street set under construction in Trafford. Credit: PA

Man dies after being hit by car in Trafford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian died following a collision with a car in Trafford Park. At about 11.20pm on Friday 18 October 2013, police were called to Wharfside Way in Trafford Park following reports a black Audi S3 had hit with a 44-year-old pedestrian.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and remains in police custody for questioning.

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