Collaborative Research: Malleable Media to Support Interaction through Bi-Directional Touch Displays
Interaction with touch screens is compelling -- because, in part, you can use a glass touchscreen to visually apprehend, reach toward, touch and manipulate an object. For some users, however, the presence of a glass barrier causes the interaction to fail completely. This is true especially for blind users.
In a project that promises to revolutionize how blind people interact with digital media, researchers will use existing and new technology to create a full-page refreshable digital braille display. In addition to presenting braille text, a large and dense array of dots will be created that can be raised individually to render tactile graphics or images for the sense of touch.
Start date: 9/1/2017
End date: 8/31/19
National Science Foundation, $226,040
UMSI portion, $59,358
Mechanical Engineering portion, $166,682