Blind May Get Look at Digital PicturesBy Musgrove, Mike; Washington Post,
Publication Date: October 2002
Article describing a prototypical device developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology that could help people who are blind to see digital images. The device translates the images from a personal computer to a grid of 3,600 pins. The pins rise from their normal position into a copy of the image, which users can use their fingertips to “read.” The invention was inspired by the “bed of nails” toy, in which a flexible grid of steel pins can take the shape of a hand, or anything placed under it. The creators of the device have labeled it a “tactile graphic display,” and it may be released following testing by the National Federation of the Blind.
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