MakieLab Makes Customizable 3D Printed Avatars
MakieLab is a new UK-based startup from veterans of virtual worlds and gaming which has a brilliant idea: Let users create customizable avatars online, then send the avatar's unique data to a 3D printer, where it becomes a real doll. Here's a good new article on the company (hat tip: Mal Burns.) The company's led by Alice Taylor, who's developed education-themed games for the UK's Channel 4 and the BBC, among many other places, and it was co-founed by Sulka Haro, formerly the lead designer of the web-based virtual world Habbo Hotel (and by far the largest of its kind.) So when this headline says, "Alice Taylor thinks 3D printed avatars will make her business as big as Lego," it's not puffery, but speaks to the founders' awareness of what kids today want in avatars. Even though, I should say by way of full disclosure, Alice is a dear friend who I think is the awesomesauce. She's a fan of Iris Ophelia's SL fashion blogging, too. All that said, go see what MakieLab is making.
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