Es­to­nian firm’s 3D photo pod prom­ises per­son­al­ized VR avatars

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

For gamers fed up with be­ing just another avatar when play­ing with their friends, an Es­to­nian firm has come up with a photo booth that cre­ates a 3D im­age of your face. At Wolf­print 3D’s white egg-shaped pod in a sub­ur­ban shop­ping mall in Tallinn, six cam­eras and a touch screen al­low peo­ple to cre­ate a high res­o­lu­tion 3D face and en­ter the in­creas­ingly per­son­al­ized world of vir­tual re­al­ity (VR).

By 2017, Wolf­print aim to make get­ting a per­son­al­ized avatar into games as quick and easy as chang­ing clothes or equip­ment in ex­ist­ing games and in­ter­ac­tive VR plat­forms. But un­like other 3D scan­ning, which usu­ally in­volves a full body scan and re­quires a trip to a stu­dio at a cost of some $500, the Luna Scan­ner can be in­stalled al­most any­where. For now, the scans in the Tallinn booth are of­fered for free as the com­pany tests the unit and col­lects bio­met­ric data.

Min­utes af­ter the photo is taken, a link to the 3D im­age is sent to the user’s nom­i­nated email ac­count and can be viewed on a VR viewer app on a mo­bile phone.

And at a science mu­seum in Helsinki a Luna Scan­ner al­lows peo­ple to al­most in­stantly put their faces on a vir­tual as­tro­naut and start ex­plor­ing VR space. — Reuters

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