3D printed books help blind children visualize the story (pictures)
Tactile Picture Books, a project of University of Colorado, is using the 3D printing technology to create wonderful children’s books.
These books have 3D printed elements placed on pages. They are accompanied by the text in Braille, so that blind children, or children with visual impairments, can better imagine the story.
The books can be also read together with a helper, “who can ask them questions about what they think the 3D illustrations represent”.
So far, three books have been prepared:
- Goodnight Moon,
- Harold and the Purple Crayon,
- Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear.
The second Goodnight Moon book is under development.
The 3D printable elements can be downloaded from MakerBot’s Thingiverse (for instance, here you can get Goodnight Moon).
The biggest benefit of the 3D printed stories from Tactile Picture Books is that they can be read by both blind and non-blind children alike, enabling both to enjoy joint reading sessions.
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A Conversation About Rain
Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford. She sat at a low table staring at a chess board.
‘Nora dear, it’s natural to worry about your future,’ said the librarian, Mrs Elm, her eyes twinkling.
Mrs Elm made her first move. A knight hopping over the neat row of white pawns. ‘Of course, you’re going to be worried about the exams. But you could be anything you want to be, Nora. Think of all that possibility. It’s exciting.’
‘Yes. I suppose it is.’
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‘A whole life.’
‘You could do anything, live anywhere. Somewhere a bit less cold and wet.’
Nora pushed a pawn forward two spaces.
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