By Cory Doctorow at 12:05 am Sat, Jan 15, 2011
3D facemaking machine for dolls
Not quite uncanny valley, but also not quite okay.
Yeah I was trying to come up with a way to say it… I’m picturing these as survivors rescued from flash floods in the uncanny valley.
I mean that in the best way. I feel right at home in the uncanny valley, having grown up in Cincinnati and worked in LA.
“Got an order for one hundred dolls from a Mr Richard D James….”
Found a link:
Here’s the link I think Cory meant to add:
One thing I’m not clear on here… when you say “3D printer,” are you talking about a printer that actually creates 3D face objects, or is this a printer that prints the faces ON already existing face objects?
Not actually a “3D-printer” as it seems to print a 2D image onto a generic pre-embossed patch.
It’s a way cool product all the same, but as real 3D-thingumagigs are becoming more and more commonplace, there is an increasing need to tidy up the language and nail down some definitions and terminology in order to aviod this kind of confusion.
Anybody wanna pick up that gauntlet?
It looks like it might be a thermoformer, not an actual printer (2-D or 3-D). No more complicated than a hairdryer. It heats up existing pictures and forms them over the face mold shown (distorting the face too!). Printing can probably be done on a regular photo printer using special plastic paper.
That is one of the more hideous things I have seen recently…
It has one plus…for years I could not find “AmerIndian” dolls for my baby girls (we are Jicarilla Apache). They are grown now, but my grandchildren will have their dolls.
The horror—the horror
The inevitable future of humanity.
Great, now I got Donkey Rhubarb stuck in my head.
Damn,ninja’d. Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tatccHVfuhA
Definitely overkill. This can be done with any color inkjet printer and a sheet of T-shirt transfer paper.
My best friend and I traded one of these. It was simply too kitchy and creepy to pass up. They have them in malls all over Asia. It’s not at all a 3D printed face (unless the technology has changed–but it seems exactly the same) but rather a 2D image printed on a plastic that gets molded vaguely into a face shape.
The only thing more horrifying that these things is the likelihood that someone, somewhere, is going to be turned on by them.
I’ve always hated dolls as much as some people hate clowns. This just makes it worse.
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