3D printing has changed much of our lives, and this is undeniable. Just think its adaptations in the medical field (such as the creation of custom-made prosthesis), in industry (rapid prototyping), in the field of food (yes, they are studying a system for printing dough) to understand how this new technology is becoming essential for our future.
Researchers at the University of Colorado, California, decided to apply this technology to the world of children’s books by creating Tactile Picture Books Project, whose goal is to create books with illustrations printed in 3D to help blind children understand the fantastic worlds found in classics like “Goodnight Moon” and “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?”.
“I realized we could do something meaningful by interpreting pictures from these children’s books using mathematical diagrams. This project is much more difficult than I envisioned, but it also is much more rewarding.”Tom Yeh, Project manager and professor
The researchers also collaborate with the Anchor Center, an American nonprofit organization supporting and helping children with disabilities According to an interview conducted by Mashable, the children start reading braille only from 6 years of age, but this 3D approach will allow them to access and understand literature from an early age.
Although at the time the books are designed using algorithms and sent to printers, researchers at the University of Colorado hope that this technology can be used in the near future by parents and educators to enable them to simply print photographs or illustrations.
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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