Love 'em or hate 'em, selfies are here to stay. Though the practice of taking self-portraits has existed since almost as long as the camera itself, technology enables us to take it to a new level, first with front-facing cameras, then the dreaded selfie stick.
Now, science is one-upping itself in allowing humans to capture images of themselves. The revolutionary technology behind 3D printing is now being used to create ultra-realistic figurines of people, which means:
You can now 3D print an action figure selfie of yourself.
German company DOOB 3D recently opened a branch in New York City and Mashable editor Annie Colbert went over to get a tiny figurine made of herself.
Originally, DOOB 3D's technology was developed to scan cancer and stroke victims for prosthetic fittings. Now, however, the company uses it to make 3D selfies. Some might lament it as yet another capitalistic creation catering to the narcissist in us, but it's also a novel way to capture moments in time of ourselves and our loved ones.