Stanford increasing access to 3D modeling through touch-based display


Stanford has created the new technology which has broadened the horizons of creation in 3D modeling by the help of touch-based display which reduce the need to create a physical model to create it in. 3-dimensional space and vice versa.

Generally in normal situations, there is always a 3D model prior to the creation of the model in physical space and there is also the need for a physical object if one wishes to create it in 3-dimensional spaces.

This creates an odd for the people who are blind and differently able.  Actually this technology which is touch-based having sensors for sensing touch is created by efforts of SEAN FOLLMER and JOSHUA MILELE who are authors and co-author of this technology.

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Both of them are assistant professors at Stanford University for mechanical engineering.

Stanford increasing access to 3D modeling through touch-based display
Stanford increasing access to 3D modeling through the touch-based display

Both of them have created computers which are having tactile displays, enabling string human-computer communication and interaction where 3D information can be shared through touch.

The display also contains a pin art toy that has rectangular pegs that helps to move the cursor up and down. Specifications of shape can help evaluation of shape by touch sensing technology. T

his work was presented on 29 October at the international conference named conference on computers and accessibility (ASSETS).

However, till now the only prototype is presented but it is expected that it would be commercial by improvising itself technically, in size and economically most importantly.

In words of Joshua Miele, this technology has actually enabled blind people to involve themselves as a creator in fabrication technology where now they will not just be the users of the technology and its gifts and moreover they will be able to create their own needed models, objects in the 3D model environment within the time limits.

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Who is herself a blind scientist is excited and enthralled by the new opportunity which has appeared due to the joint effort of both of these professors?

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As per advantages are being concerned it has eliminated the need of mediators for blind people in the process of fabrication technology and related objects.

These mediators when get involved reduce creativity and hamper the imagination and most of the times things are genuinely difficult to express and can make blind people uncomfortable.


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