The London-based “Smart toys”-startup MakieLab today announced the open alpha launch of MAKIES, the first ever user-designed, 3D-printed action doll. On makie.me customers are enabled to design and share digital avatars that are brought to life via 3D-printshops across London. MakieLab, which was founded in 2011, targets with its MAKIES mostly twens (most likey female twens).
Together with the launch, MakieLab also announced a seed round investment of $1.4 million. The round is led by early-stage investors Lifeline Ventures and Sunstone Capital and is joined by some Anime and gaming industry veterans and Cedric Littardi of superangel-fund Ynnis Ventures.
Alice Taylor, founder and CEO of MakieLab, stated: “We’ve seen amazing levels of creativity from our customers since letting the first few in during open alpha just a few weeks ago”. She continued: “We’re now hard at work to enable further customization of MAKIES, more creativity, and to expand to include digital and physical gaming.”
Check out the video below to find out more about MakieLab and the 3D-printed MAKIES: