Linespace: the 3D-Printed Display that can help blind people to explore maps and images

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Linspace is a revolutionary 3D-Printed Display developed by Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam (Germany) that will allow blind people to have a spatial perception of maps and images.

People with visual disabilities often use tactile displays to interact with computers, but this support is as effective as it comes to managing the text or the functionality of the operating system. For images and maps it is slightly more complex and this is what the Linespace developers wanted to solve.

Which type of elements compose Linespace?

The structure  consists of the head from a 3D printer attached to a drafting table of the type used by designers and architects.  The print head is attached to arms and motors that allow it to move quickly over the table. In addition there is also a camera to capture and map what happens on the surface of the table.

Picture of Linespace

Picture of Linespace

Users can then activate the system using a pedal and control it using speech, with images being called up in the form of plastic lines. Printed shapes can then be explored by the user, and the user can request extra detail simply by pointing to an area on the surface.

The team behind the project has developed a series of applications for Linespace, including a version of Microsoft Excel, the classic computer game Minesweeper and a tools package for the interior design.

Another very useful application, called Homefinder, allows the user to look for new apartments on a city map and identify areas they like.

Linespace details

Linespace details

The project was well accepted by testers who have tried it.

Now the real challenge of Linespace will be to have an affordable price for the users; it is estimated that the product will have a market price of $ 1,000.

Below you will find the video of Linespace in action:

(via Tech Times)

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I’m a 26 years old Italian graphic designer with a passion for typography and company branding. I have an MA in Industrial and Graphic Design and I’m currently Graphic Designer at Horus.

In my spare time I write for my art blog called Martineken and I keep pursuing my interest by doing graphic concepts and mock-ups.
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