Nov. 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM ET
The holidays are approaching, and you may be struggling to think of what to get as gifts for your loved ones. MakerBot has an idea: A 3-D replica of your own head. Just imagine their face when they see — your face.
The service is a bit like a similar 3-D photobooth in Tokyo that we heard about last week, but unlike that one, MakerBot and ShapeShot's version doesn't cost a fortune or require you to stand still for 15 minutes.
Instead, you just sit down in front of a laptop and four cameras take your picture simultaneously from different angles. Software does the rest of the magic, and in a minute you'll have a file that you can either tweak on your PC or send to a service like MakerBot to be assembled.
You can get it done at the MakerBot retail store in Manhattan; Scans cost $5, and you can choose to have your face manufactured right there, though it may take a while. The replicas run $20, $40 and $60, depending on the size you choose — not the size of your head.
Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.