Thursday, January 30, 2014

3-D Touch Screens

3-D touchscreens allow users to receive tactual feedback from images. Disney has integrated this into their parks this past fall. Having the additional tactile input allows users to receive and process more information from the digital display. For those with visual impairments, this may assist in understanding and engaging with the material so that the depth of concept formation will expand and hopefully assist in making even more connections with information in the future. Only time will tell if it is effective. This technology has tremendous potential for educational application, greater work accessibility as well as being integrated into out typical digital signage that is now available in many cities to convey all types of information. Tactual interactive maps alone would assist in navigating unfamiliar areas. This used in combination with some of the newer GPS advanced smartphone apps (especially those for the visually impaired) could open up the world so much more for everyone.

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