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A New App Lets You Create A Pixelated 3-D Figure Of Absolutely Anything

Now you can pixel-fy and print you, me, and everyone you know.

Bobble heads are so over. Unless they are pixel-art interpretations of bobble heads, of course. A new app called LEBLOX lets you create pixelated 3-D printed figurines of any object. Want a pixelated selfie or a pixelated 3-D replication of your cat? Want a tiny, pixelated statue of LeBron James? Or Miley Cyrus? Or President Obama? Or Pharrell with his big Arby’s hat? The app (coming in March to the Apple store), which is a joint venture from Paris-based technical director Mathieu Lecoupeur and creative director Soy Phompraseuth, gives you the ability to customize to your heart’s content and then clutter up your desk with your creations.

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Users can create pixelated avatars or pixelated versions of any image. They can also get a 3-D printed figure of their chosen image, or browse and print others’ creations.

According to Phompraseuth, LEBLOX is all part of the current pixel zeitgeist. “Pixel art is a kind of pop art already,” he says. “In France it belongs to the collective unconscious though advertising and marketing.” He says through pixel art isn’t old-fashioned, it hearkens back to a simpler era of aesthetics.

“Today a 3-D hair model looks more realistic than real hair and this makes it ‘unreal.’ I think pixel art has something reassuring in it, because a simple colored square/cube IS STILL a square or cube. It’s fundamental.”

The LEBLOX app also has a social element, whereby users can view and comment on each other’s creations. But if you want to have a LEBLOX in hand (or “Blox” someone you know), just send the creators 20 euros and you’ll get your pixel fix in just a few weeks (figures are being shipped from France at launch; a U.S. printing partner is being arranged). Phompraseuth doesn’t know whether LEBLOX will have the same cultural penetration as other office trinkets (crazy-haired trolls anyone?), but he’s hopeful.

“Will it be a fad or a phenomenon? All I know is that there are infinite possibilities for Bloxes. I’m waiting for users to appropriate them.”

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Jennifer Miller is the author of The Year of the Gadfly (Harcourt, 2012) and Inheriting The Holy Land (Ballantine, 2005). She's a regular contributor to Co.Create.

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