Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sculpture: Photorealistic Faces

The Japanese company REAL-f prints 3D Photo Forms, eerily photorealistic 3D replicas of human faces in masks or complete plastic heads. The result is genuinely creepy. Prices start at about $ 3,900.

If you've ever dreamed of getting a super-realistic replica of your face for whatever reason, here's your chance: a Japanese company called REAL-f [JP] is creating so-called 3DPFs ("3 dimension Photo Forms"), copies of human faces "in 3D". The startup offers two versions, a replica mask type and the so-called mannequin type, a replica of the head.

The way it works is that REAL-f first shoots pictures of a person's face from various positions and imprints the image on vinyl chloride resin stretched over a mold. According to the company, it's unique production technology makes sure that even details like the iris and blood vessels are accurately replicated (see the pictures to judge for yourself).

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