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Low-budget 3D printed haptic navigation aids for the visually impaired.

Michalik, N. and Fryazinov, O., 2016. Low-budget 3D printed haptic navigation aids for the visually impaired. In: 1st Eurographics Workshop on Graphics for Digital Fabrication, 8 May 2016, Lisbon, Portugal, 23 - 29.

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DOI: 10.2312/gdf.20161075


In a culture shaped by the visual, having a visual impairment can present many difficulties, in particular concerning orientation and spatial awareness. Tactile models that allow users to experience an environment haptically can provide the spatial, object-based and sequential information necessary to facilitate visually impaired individuals’ orientation and mobility in the environment. The increasing availability of 3D printing technologies and digital model data would allow for the creation of customisable tactile models tailored to an individual’s needs and without high costs for design and fabrication. In this paper we explore design and fabrication of low-budget 3D printed tactile models for testing on real users.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:23534
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:09 Jun 2016 11:41
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:56


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