“I’ll be ready (I’ll be ready)
Never you fear (no don’t you fear)
I’ll be ready
Forever and always
I’m always here.”
Do you remember that song? If you do, you probably also remember a bare chested David Hasselhoff running down the beach with a slew of sexy female actresses such as Pamela Anderson, and Yasmine Bleeth by his side. The multi-talented 62-year-old David Hasselhoff has quite the following, mostly due to his starring roles in TV shows. This includes his role as Mitch Buchannon on Baywatch, Michael Knight on Knight Rider, and many other endeavors over the past four decades. He always seems to be getting his hands into something, and that latest “something” involves one of the hottest technologies out there, 3D printing.
Just yesterday, Hasselhoff tweeted a message to his fans:
“Watch this space for the next big project I’m working on. 3D printing with a completely unique twist! #smartselfie”
Along with the tweet, ‘The Hoff’ included a photograph holding a 3D printed replica of himself as Mitch Buchannon. Very little details were announced, although, at the IAB conference in London an announcement was made that he has teamed with Things3D for the creation of SmartSelfies. SmartSelfies will allow fans to get a 3D printed selfie of The Hoff, perhaps with themselves standing next to him.
“Joe (Wee) and I have known David (Hasselhoff) for a few years – we worked on his upcoming iOS game ‘Zombie Beach’ whilst at Chillingo (the company we sold to EA in 2010),” Chris Byatte, Founder and Director at Things3D told 3DPrint.com. “It’s really great to be working with David again – his number one priority are his fans. Using our patented smart 3D printing platform, he’ll be able to push content to the owners of Hoff SmartSelfies(TM), paving a completely new way of engaging his fans with fun and entertaining content.”
While this is all that Byatte could divulge to us at this time, he did say that more will be announced in the coming weeks. Judging by the other products offered by Things3D, our guess is that these figurines will be replicas of Hasselhoff, perhaps playing different roles, and standing with his fans. Fans will most likely be asked to send several photographs or even get 3D scanned, and then they will be placed alongside one of David’s multiple characters. Again, this is only an assumption, but a fair one.
Hasselhoff will then be able to send data to these figurines, perhaps sound clips or other information, via on board Ownerchip technology which allows for the scanning of these figurines via a smartphone or tablet. While details remain quite vague, we should be hearing more information soon. It is great to see celebrities like David Hasselhoff embrace the upcoming advantages that 3D printing has to offer.
What do you think? Would you like to have your very own SmartSelfie featuring the one and only David ‘the Hoff’ Hasselhoff? Discuss in the 3D printed SmartSelfie David Hasselhoff forum thread on 3DPB.com.