Tokyo-based 3d printing startup iJet Corporation recently introduced a new service called 3D Pipo, which allows users to create 3D avatars from a snapshot or a smartphone photo. A user can change the avatar’s clothing or hairstyle and share the images or videos via Twitter, Facebook, and Line. The service is available only for iOS, but an Android version will be released in December.
The app also offers users the option of ordering 3D prints of an avatar for 5,980 yen ($55, consumption tax included) each. The company showcased the product at the Tokyo International Gift Show early this month to demonstrate that the app is not only for a personal hobby collection but can also serve as a gift or a souvenir for family or friends.
Prior to the launch of 3D Pipo, iJet Corporation fundraised about 200 million yen ($1.8 million) in May but details have not been disclosed. Coinciding with this, the company relocated its main office and printing facility from Yokohama to Tokyo.