Professor Tom Yeh, at the University of Colorado at Boulder launched the Tactile Picture Books Project to help blind children experience stories in a new way. Although braille can be used to help the visually impaired follow a narrative, it can be difficult to convey the imagery of a story. This project uses 3D printing to help children visualize the things they are reading about in a unique way.
The Tactile Picture Books Project consists of 3D-printed versions of popular children's books such as the 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar.' The books were created using computer algorithms and the vision of the design team. The result is a series of tactile storybooks that make it easier for children to visualize and understand what they are reading as they follow each narrative.
The project demonstrates how 3D printing can be used to make art and reading more accessible for the visually impaired.