Cool! 3D-Printed Books Make Pictures Real for Blind Children
From New Scientist:
A new project is printing Braille picture books for visually impaired children. Each page turns the pictures from the original book into raised 3D shapes alongside traditional Braille text.
“The advantage of 3D-printing is really about making one-of-a-kind objects,’ says Tom Yeh, who heads up the Tactile Picture Books Project at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Later this year, Yeh’s group will work with the National Braille Press in Boston to offer children a copy of Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin that has a page customised with the child’s name in Braille.
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Direct to Tactile Books Project Web Site
See Also: Take a Look at a Few 3D-Printed Books
See Also: Conference Poster/Abstract by Members of the Tactile Books Project Team: “Tactile Picture Books for Young Children with Visual Impairment” (6 pages; PDF)
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