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.

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