Asda starts roll out of Artec Shapify Booth at supercenters across UK
Asda customers at stores across the UK are offered a chance to create their 3D printed figurines using Artec’s Shapify 3D selfie technology
Artec Group is excited to announce the start of the roll out of Artec Shapify Booth, the world’s first high speed 3D full body scanner, at Asda Supercenters across the UK.
Following a successful pilot run in June, the first stores to feature the 3D scanning booth on a permanent basis are Trafford Park, Manchester, and Huyton, Liverpool, which are available for customers to use from today, November 3. Over the course of November, eight more booths will be set up at York, Cardiff, Swindon Haydon, Havant, Edinburgh, Coventry, Milton Keynes and Watford.
Artec Shapify Booth is brand new 3D selfie technology that automatically creates a 3D printable model of a person within just a few minutes. The booth employs four wide-view high-resolution scanners fixed to a rotating rig that take 12 seconds to scan the body of a person.
The scanned surfaces are then automatically fused into a 3D model, which is an exact replica of the person. The model is then sent to the Asda 3D technology center to be printed out on a 3D printer. The full-color figurine can be picked up from the store a week later.
Shoppers are encouraged to bring their friends and family along to be scanned together, as a 21st century version of the family photograph. A 6-inch-tall figurine of a child costs only £49 and a 7-inch-tall figurine of an adult is worth £59. Figurines of two children or of a mother and a baby are priced at £95, and those of two adults or of one adult and one child at £115.
Scanning appointments are made online at http://www.asda-photo.co.uk/about/ThreeD.
Phil Stout, Asda Innovation Manager – Asda is fast becoming, not just a retailer but, a technology company and this innovation is another example of how we’re leading the way on in store consumer facing technology. We’ve been working with Artec technology for a while now and we’re delighted to be the first company in the world able to offer our customers this unique service.
Artem Yukhin, Artec Group President and CEO – We at Artec are excited to partner with Asda and make Shapify, our 3D photo technology, easily available to everyone. Artec is known for providing 3D scanning solutions to professionals such as doctors, scientists, engineers, and designers. Now we are going further, bringing 3D photos into reach of the general public. We feel the same excitement and thrill that the early inventors must have felt at the start of the photography boom in the 19th century.
About Asda Stores Ltd.
Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers. It has more than 180,000 dedicated Asda colleagues serving customers from 551 stores, including 32 Supercentres, 311 Superstores, 29 Asda Living stores, 179 Supermarkets, 25 depots and seven recycling centres across the UK. Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. More than 18 million people shop at Asda stores every week and 98 per cent of UK homes are served by www.asda.com. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.
About Artec Group
Artec GroupTM is a global market leader in the development and manufacture of professional 3D scanning hardware and software. Artec has a team of experts working on the collection and processing of 3D surfaces, as well as biometric facial recognition, while Artec’s handheld professional 3D scanners are used by thousands in various industries all over the world. In 2013, Artec designed and launched Shapify, a service for the creation of shapies, 3D printed figurines. Artec is an international group with subsidiaries in the Palo Alto (California), Moscow (Russia) and Luxembourg. For more information about Artec Group please visit www.artec-group.com.
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