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3D-Printed Yearbooks Will Let Blind Students ‘See’ Their Classmates


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When it comes to reflecting upon our childhood school days, nothing brings back more memories than browsing through a few old yearbooks, even if the sight of your seventh-grade haircut still makes you cringe.

However, the ability to flip through old photos of classmates is something we take for granted because people who are visually impaired are pretty much excluded from the yearbook experience.

While you can include Braille in a yearbook, this fails to capture the most important part — the pictures.

However, this problem may soon become a thing of the past thanks to 3D TEK and Touchable Yearbook, which has teamed up to make yearbooks using 3D printing technology that allows blind students to “see” their classmates.

In an effort to make sure all students in South Korea get the full yearbook experience, the company gave blind students actual 3D printed statues of their classmates’ faces and Braille nametags.

According to 3D Print,

Amidst excited chatter and laughter of true delight and awe, the students are able to read the names and then run their hands over the finely detailed faces, as well as examining the accuracies of the products by feeling their own faces and those of their friends, and then comparing them with the 3D-printed products.

Thanks to these touchable yearbooks, blind students will now be able to cherish their memories of school for years to come.

Take a look at the photos below to see the touchable 3D yearbooks.

First, the students faces are captured with software.

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Then they’re printed using advanced 3D printing technology.

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Each face is accompanied by a Braille name tag.

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Students can then run their hands over the statues’ features and read their name tags.

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The companies are ultimately creating a touchable yearbook.

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Read more: http://elitedaily.com/envision/3d-yearbooks-let-blind-students-see-friends/885557/

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3D-Printed Yearbooks Will Let Blind Students ‘See’ Their Classmates

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