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   project 2007

 

The Tactile Imager

A device for the visually impaired which creates a tactile representation of a two dimensional image

 Designer:  Nicholas H. Brunelle 

Client: Thomas David, Malden Elementary School, Malden, Ma 

Abstract  

            The Tactile Imager is a device designed to help the visually impaired people experience images in a way that allows them to feel them. This is done by a square array of 324 solenoid actuators which can be controlled to actuate in the shape of an image. The result is a textured representation of a flat image. Using the tactile imager, a visually impaired person can experience images that would otherwise be inaccessible.

 

 

 

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