Soon Your Old Smartphone Will Let You 3D-Print a Selfie

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The future is a place where I see something I want and I simply wave my smartphone over it like a wand and presto I obtain a complete 3D model of it. Any sufficiently advanced technology isindistiguishable from magic after all, and the magical part comes when I send the image from my smartphone to my 3D printer to create a plastic or metal or resin replica of that object. My smartphone has turned into a handheld replicator. 

The least feasible thing about all this perhaps is that a smartphone will still be called a smartphone—this is the future after all and what’s a phone in the future—because some researchers in Zurich just debuted technology that aspires to do exactly this.

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