While reports out of the 2016 CES say the stars of the show were HDTVs, thinner and more versatile laptops and even virtual reality headsets. For those that had the opportunity to experience what a small company from Luxembourg, with subsidiaries in the U.S. had to offer, they maybe had a different thought on what the breakout technology of the show was and could be in the near future.
Artec was this innovative company and they had set up their Shapify Booth on the show floor and were taking 3D scans, a process that lasts about 12 seconds. The Artec representatives on site were able to explain and show how a scan like this could be used to create a Shapie, which is a statue or a 3D replica mini-me, in high-resolution and full color.
“It’s great to see 3D technology making its way into the hands and hearts of even more consumers,” said Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “Our Shapify Booth is a natural way for the general public to experience the power of the most advanced 3D scanning technology available. It provides the same level of accuracy as our product line of professional handheld scanners, which are used for numerous preservation, manufacturing and industrial applications.”
Thanks to the Shapify Booth, CES attendees were able to see how a simple scan can make a detailed figure, an action figure, wedding cake toppers or even bobbleheads. Those scanned were emailed what a 3D figure would look like and a few more lucky attendees received their very own 3D figure to display. The same technology powering the Shapify Booth at CES has been used to scan the president, digitize valuable artifacts and produce special effects and models for movies.
Artec’s goal with the Shapify Booth is to bring it to the masses. The Shapify Booth holds great potential as a revenue booster for theme parks, movie theaters, museums, tourist attractions and any other event where people congregate or pass through on foot. CES attendees were able to see the level of detail on figures produced by Artec, down to the facial expression, wrinkles on clothing and even details in the shoes that were being worn. The cost for getting a mini figure of yourself or a loved one from Artec starts at about $69.
Artec also wants potential customers to know about their handheld 3D scanners. The Eva, Spider and Space Spider are used by designers, engineers and those working in the “makerspace.” Artec’s 3D scanning tools work quickly and efficiently to gives users a quick and accurate scan of an object or body part and put the results up on a screen in real-time. These tools can also be used for reverse engineering and developing prototypes. This is strong and innovative technology that can be used now, but it also has tremendous implications going further into the future.
CES attendees are enjoying their 3D figures back at home or in their office. If you want to see more about Artec 3D, see them on the web here, and see how you can get scanned and a mini me figure of your own.