Multi-sensory 3D printed maps help the blind to navigate

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3D printing is proving a valuable tool for enhancing the experiences of visually-impaired and blind people. We have already seen The Tactile Picture Books Project - which creates textured 3D models of the illustrations in children's books - and OwnPhone, a credit-sized device that enables visually-impaired people to call pre-selected numbers. Now, Touch Graphics and the University of Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access are using the technology to create interactive, talking models which can replace inadequate traditional paper maps at big institutions such as campuses and museums. So far, they have installed unique models at various institutions…

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