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3D Models of you, for less than $100


Technology is leaping forward faster than most people can catch up. I could never understand how my granddad couldn’t work out how to use the telly, or the video recorder. I even remember when we first got our recorder, we had a party where people came to see it in action, laughing at the fast forward and rewind function. It was literally unheard of tech. Now it’s obsolete and you record on the same box that sends you your television over cable.

My kids have never really seen a record. They vaguely remember VHS tapes but have mostly grown up with DVDs and digital streaming, and they’ve never used a cassette tape with a bic or a pencil.

Home computers started off with 18k, then moved up to an amazing 48k. The Spectrum was the first truly ground-breaking computer that hit the home user market. And in those days, games were shipped and they worked. First time. The only issue was trying to find the right pitch so that it would load. But there were no bugs. Imagine that. That’s one big step backward unfortunately.

Now phones have more computing power than any home computer in the 90s, maybe even the naughties. You can play games, write books, read books, film live video, speak to your friends over the internet and not pay for your calls, text, and take photos. And that’s not everything you can do with something we still call a ‘phone’.

In less than a few years we’ve also gone from being able to print 3D models to being able to print entire houses from concrete and bridges from metal. Now, in an incredibly short space of time, you can walk into a shop and have a sculpture of yourself made from a 360 body scan. In full colour. This is mind-blowing and I wish this had been around when my dad was, it would be great to have a family pose with him, and I’m most certainly going to be getting it done with my family when it hits Britain’s shores. I don’t care how much it costs, having something like that is – to me at least – priceless.

Take a look at the video.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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