3D printed kids’ books enable blind readers to visualize the story

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We've already seen how on-demand 3D printing can turn simple web searches into a tactile experience for the visually impaired through Yahoo! Japan's Hands On Search. Now the Tactile Picture Books Project is using the technology to help blind readers use their hands to get more from illustrated narratives. Initiated by researchers at the University of Colorado, the scheme reproduces kids' stories and educational resources by transferring the illustrations into textured 3D models. After they're printed and placed on the page, kids can be guided through the book with a helper who can ask them questions about what they think…

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