Sunday, May 15, 2016

Touching the Prado, Estudios Durero, Spain

Instead of having the paintings’ details described, now they can also be felt — offering a different sensory experience to great works of art. In fact, by touching one’s way through an artwork, the sight-impaired can create a mental map of the entire piece, and potentially develop a more emotional response to the experience as well. 

3D Printed Tactile Books, Tom Yeh, University of Colorado Boulder

Tactile Maps

The tactile maps are finely detailed and include representations of buildings, railways, roads, and waterways. Varied heights and textures differentiate the different topography; most bodies of water are represented by wavy surfaces, while smaller streams are just narrow lines. Pedestrian roads are raised higher than other roads, as the visually impaired utilize them more frequently. The user’s selected address is marked as a raised cone, and the map’s northeast corner is specially marked to ensure proper orientation.
Samuli Karkkainen, Designer, Finland

Rutgers engineers 3D print tablet sized campus maps for students.
Howon Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Jason Kim, Engineering Student