SUPERMARKET customers were given the chance to create a Mini-Me when new technology came to Hartlepool.
A 3D scanner visited the Hartlepool branch of Asda, in Marina Way, for a two-day stay.
People got to stand in a booth while the hi-tech equipment scanned their body and took 1,000 photographs.
Specialist software then splices the photographs together to create a 3D image which is then turned into a exact replica statue, warts and all.
People can then receive the ceramic statue within a fortnight.
Sarah Latham, from the Asda 3D printing section, said: “It is part of the photographic department and we are doing roadshows to bring out this technology to the public.”
Sarah explained how it all worked: “People come inside a tent and they are scanned for three to five minutes. It takes 1,000 photographs and the computer software pieces it all back together.
“Fourteen days later, your mini version of yourself arrives at the store and it is an exact replica of you.”
The scanned was at the store for two days this week, but Sarah added: “We will be returning to Hartlepool at some point in the future.”
The cost to take part is £60 per person, and anyone interested in finding out more about the service should leave their details at the Hartlepool’s store’s photographic section.
Two travelling versions of the 3D scanner roadshows were promoting the service, one each for the north and south.