[accessibleimage] bees, stamps, haptic interface, tactile models, Christmas display
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Hello, A few links to articles. Best, Lisa Colmenar's Honey Museum inauguratedThe facility also offers interactive tactile equipment as well as a CD guide in Spanish, English and French. There is also a special guided tour for the blind. The museum will be operated by the Malaga Association of Beekeepers
http://www.euroweeklynews.com/2010122785168/news/axarqu%C3%ADa-m%C3%A1laga-east/colmenars-honey-museum-inaugurated.html excerpt A dignified life for the disabled, no longer a dream!Accessibility can mean simple things, not grandiose designs. Ramps and lifts, railings, specially designed washrooms, visual guides for the deaf and audio signals for the visually impaired are just a few instances.
In some countries, currency notes have tactile features that help the blind identify the monetary value. Subtitles on films and tele-dramas help the deaf to appreciate and enjoy those creations.
Thimble: a Smartphone-Powered Tactile Display for the BlindDeveloped by Artefact and the University of Washington, Thimble concept creates an ingenious Braille interface for smart phones.
Concept, shmoncept: if your "product" demo is all CGI'd screenshots and foamcore mockups, the Big Idea behind it had better fricking wow us. Well, the idea behind Thimble <http://vimeo.com/17873025> certainly does -- it's a Braille-powered mobile computing interface that uses Bluetooth, optical character recognition, and voice commands to create an always-on, web-connected heads-up display for blind people. (I'm sorry, can you hold? The TED <http://www.ted.com/> people are calling on Line 2.)
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1662939/thimble-a-smartphone-powered-tactile-display-for-the-blind excerpt Ventura College's Braille center at riskWhen a book comes to the center to be transcribed, it is first done by computer software, then diligently proofread and readjusted by certified Braille transcribers. The Braille is then embossed on two sides of a sheet, making the final product more compact. Some books also include tactile graphics: three-dimensional images of everything from algebra line graphics to human anatomy models, so a student can better understand an image that can't be described by words.
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2010/dec/13/ventura-colleges-braille-center-at-risk/ excerpt Students create fort models for visually impaired visitorsArchitecture students from the University of Portsmouth have worked with the National Trust to create tactile models of Bembridge Fort on the Isle of Wight for blind and visually impaired people.
http://www.designweek.co.uk/news/students-create-fort-models-for-visually-impaired-visitors/3021582.article excerpt History brought within touching distanceThe blind and visually impaired have been given a new way to reach out and touch some of England's history with the help of the National Trust and architects at the University of Portsmouth.
History brought within touching distanceA series of tactile models of Bembridge Fort on the Isle of Wight with descriptions in braille embossed on their sides will be available to help bring history to life when the fort re-opens in April, 2011.
http://www.creativeboom.co.uk/south-east/news/history-brought-within-touching-distance-/ excerpt Popular light display scaled back this ChristmasFour years ago woman brought her son, who was mostly blind, for a personally guided tactile tour of the many scenes, followed by a thank you note written in Braille. The Yules also found joy in "the many expressions of glee from children as they spotted the new item we created each year," he said.
http://tdn.com/news/local/article_80b4da8a-063c-11e0-9683-001cc4c002e0.html http://bigthink.com/ideas/20027 Braille-Inspired Design for The BlindTo mark the 200th birthday of Louis Braille last year, The Netherlands' national post service launched a series of postage stamps <http://www.dezeen.com/2009/11/03/lees-mee-braille-stamps-by-rene%CC%81-put/> by graphic designer Rene Put <http://www.reneput.nl/>, featuring typographic abstractions alongside embossed Braille text, making them legible for both the sighted and the blind. The project was a winner at the Dutch National Awards in November.
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