I've always wanted to have my own action figure. And had I been in Barcelona earlier this year, I could have had the chance, thanks to a 3D printer and a network of Kinect cameras.
A collaborative effort between street artists and science, "Be Your Own Souvenir!" was a little project run in January in the Catalan capital that let people strike a pose and have a 3D printer recreate their likeness in a small little figure.
Taking the pictures were three Kinect cameras, the Xbox 360 peripherals plugged into a network of programs that could take the person's image in 3D, translate it into the necessary code and have it spat out by a 3D printer.