[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Easy Tactile Graphics makes InTACT sketch pads
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fnugg at online.no
Fri Mar 13 12:33:25 UTC 2015
The following is a quote taken from the inTACT website about the
importance of drawing in STEM fields.
"Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics.
As engineers, we understand the importance of being able to communicate
graphically – to create and understand drawings, diagrams or figures.
This skill is particularly important for success in STEM fields. To
build this skill set, students need to have access to interactive
curricula – content that not only reinforces their learning, but also
allows them to practice and use graphical communication."
Easy Tactile Graphics makes InTACT sketch pads
A group of scientists at the University of Vermont believed blind people
can draw, so they started a company focused on helping them do just that.
Easy Tactile Graphics makes InTACT sketch pads for the blind and
"A medium where a blind person can draw, and in the same way that a
sighted person would see what they're drawing, a blind person can feel
what they're drawing," said Easy Tactile Graphics president Josh Coffee.
A plastic sheet is held on a rubber background, secured by a hinged
magnetic frame for easy use. The user simply presses a stylus to draw.
"You will actually get a raised line in real time," said Coffee.
There's also an eraser, which heats the thermal plastic sheet and
essentially irons it flat.
"It was designed to that a user could actually feel around the rim of
the nose of the eraser and they'd be protected from the heated tip,"
Sighted people can still see a line, but it can no longer be felt.
There's the question of how you go about teaching a blind person to
draw, especially if they were born without sight.
"Drawing is spatial, not visual. Most people assume it's somehow
associated with sight and vision. But it's all about having some
representation of the world that's internal," said Easy Tactile Graphics
vice president Michael Coleman, Ph.D.
Cutting-Edge Maps Show the Way With Sound and Touch
hether you want to see census data
broken down by zip code or learn everything there is to know about
there’s a map for that
<http://nextcity.org/forefront/view/the-new-cartographers>. But though
anything you could ever possibly want to see (and then some
seems to have found its way into map form, Steve Landau works on the
truly innovative edge of cartography. He designs maps for people who
Landau is the research director for Touch Graphics
<http://www.touchgraphics.com/index.html>, which uses “multi-sensory
display techniques” like physical sensation and sound to assist the
visually impaired. In partnership with the University of Buffalo Center
for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (or the much easier to
remember IDeA Center <http://idea.ap.buffalo.edu/>), Touch Graphics
makes maps that orient users with a host of non-traditional — but
surprisingly intuitive — strategies.
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Developers in Japan are creating software that will enable people with
visual impairments to move around more freely. Users will download a
file online, take it to the nearest 3D printer, and produce a tactile of
an online map.
They will be able to print out 3D maps of different parts of the country
and use them to feel the topographical details with their fingertips.
The differences in texture on the map will help people to identify
railway lines, walkways and highways as well as uneven surfaces and hills.
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*A new 3D audio navigation system from Microsoft could help people with
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