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ThinkMind // ACHI 2012, The Fifth International Conference on Advances in Computer-Human Interactions // View article achi_2012_3_20_20168

Analysis of Volumetric Tactile Symbols Produced with 3D Printing

Jaume Gual
Marina Puyuelo
Joaquim Lloveras

Keywords: tactile symbols; tactile maps; inclusive design; visual impairment

The morphological elements of design used for designing tactile maps and symbols for visually impaired users are points, linear, and areal elements. One of the main characteristics of these elements is their two-dimensional and graphic nature. However, since three-dimensional design came to be a fourth group of elements, volumetric elements, has come into use. The key questions of this study are: Is it possible to extend the range of a discriminatable set of symbols by using volumetric elements with height contrast extended in the Z axis? Can some formal variations of these volumetric symbols be distinguished using the sense of touch? The results of this study show that some tactile symbols with simple volumetric forms are easily recognizable using the sense of touch. In the absence of further studies, this could suggest an affirmative answer to the first research question posed.

Pages: 60 to 67

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2012

Publication date: January 30, 2012

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4138

ISBN: 978-1-61208-177-9

Location: Valencia, Spain

Dates: from January 30, 2012 to February 4, 2012

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