[Art_beyond_sight_educators] China, texture, tatoo, 3D maps, Project Tango

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Art you can see with your eyes closed

When SallyB retired she thought she would learn Spanish or how to play 
the piano. Art never crossed her mind. Then she thought of a system that 
matched colors with textures -- assigning the feel of satin, wool, 
velvet, and other textiles to respective colors on a color wheel. She 
mentioned her idea to quilters, but none of them wanted to do it. "They 
say it's 'too hard, too detailed,'" she explained.

So she took the idea in her own hands, gathering fabrics, and recreating 
signature works by Picasso, Matisse and other painters. The pesky swarm 
of bees in Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon" required her attention for two 
years. Most of the other pieces took six to nine months to complete.

The resulting exhibit, on display this month at the Orange County Campus 
of Durham Technical Community College


Connecting the dots
With eyes closed, artist Li Xiuqin and the blind Xu Mazheng explore each 
other's faces with their hands. Next they sculpt what they felt with clay.

Colour-blind artist conducts choir using colour alone

Chiado see and feel. DC14 -- The experience

Meet the tattooed woman who will never see her body art 

Partially blind man exhibits landscape series at DAAP

3D printer helps blind children visualize objects
Visually impaired students in this social studies class are learning 
about the territorial expansion during the three kingdoms period of Korea.
Previously, they would have had to rely mostly on their imaginations; 
now they can picture the precise changes in territory using their 
tactile senses.
Local researchers have developed a printer that produces a 
three-dimensional replica made of plastic for use in school textbooks.


Google has unveiled a prototype smartphone with 3D sensors that creates 
3D map of a user's surroundings.

The phone is expected come with features like indoor mapping that can 
help visually-impaired people to travel without assistance.

Part of its project called "Project Tango", the phone can make 250,000 
"3D measurements" every second.

"We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices 
assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen," Google 
said <http://www.google.com/atap/projecttango/>.

"The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale 
understanding of space and motion.

"We're ready to put early prototypes into the hands of developers that 
can imagine the possibilities and help bring those ideas into reality," 
it added.

Google is offering 200 prototypes to developers keen to make apps for 
it. Interested? You can apply here 


Project Tango

Our current prototype is a 5" Android phone containing highly customized 
hardware and software designed to track the full 3-dimensional motion of 
the device as you hold it while simultaneously creating a map of the 
environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter 
million 3D measurements every second updating its position and 
orientation in real-time combining that data into a single 3D model of 
the space around you. https://www.google.com/atap/projecttango/

Depicting Web images for the blind and visually impaired
A prototype process was developed to translate Web graph and map images 
into 3D printed models to give the blind and visually impaired access to 
voting and election data.


Engineers create 3-D models to help the blind navigate safely through 


By Tricking the Brain, Disney's Bringing Digital Sight to the Blind

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