Saturday, August 20, 2011

Projects about constructing physical tactile maps


Different techniques to produce physical tactile representation of space
Tactile maps with a laser cutter (photo)
Tactile maps with a braille printer (photo)
Tactile maps with HaptoRender currently made from copper and probably from plastics in the future
Tactile maps with a 3d printer (PDF paper)

Examples of hand-crafted physical tactile representations
Ancient tactile maps of greenland
Different types of terrain models, relief types and techniques (ETH Zürich)
Tactile maps hand-crafted made from metal in Bremen (photo), in Bergen (photo)
3d models cast from copper: in Edinburgh, in Leipzig (photo)

Custom production and Vendors of tactile maps

TOUCH in Hamburg
Deutscher Hilfsmittelvertrieb in Hannover
Deutsche Blindenstudienanstalt (Blista) in Marburg
DZB (Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Blinde) in Leipzig
Grenzenlos Verlag in Erfurt

Trivector in Toronto, Canada
The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, California
Spatial and Map Cognition Research Lab in Eugene, Oregan
Product Map for all by Royal National Institute of Blind People

More: A compilation of several tactile image links

Listing of International News Coverage about Tactile Maps

13.08.2011: Universal access to recreation for all people, of all abilities: Money for tactile maps awarded

03.08.2011: Tactile map of Eden created for people with visual impairments

11.01.2011: Talking tactile maps as orientation tools for visually impaired: Local areas under your fingers

31.05.2010: Tactile Maps for Blind People

15.03.2010: Tactile Maps of Greenland

18.12.2008: Campus unveils Braille/tactile maps

31.01.2008: Tactile Maps

01.03.2005: Student researchers to present tactile maps of campus to blind students, staff

Monday, August 15, 2011

Off-topic: For a new publication culture

Entschleunigung of the research - however how?

by Gerd Schwerhoff (In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung vom 10.08.2011. S.N5)

"A scientific text has often hardly more reader than authors. The anthologies to conferences bind the energy of the scientist and shorten its view. A suggestion on the delimitation of the publication illusion."
read the whole article at (in German)
read a short wrap-up at iuwis (in German)