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New Technologies of Convex Printing of Maps for the Blind and Weak-sighted People

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For the blind and weak-sighted people is very important to be able to move around independently. They use of white sticks, dogs and other aids are useful, but prior knowledge of an area can further aid mobility. Convex (tactile) maps are potentially very helpful in knowing the layout of a city, plans of public transport, the type of terrain to be encountered and so on.

In the last few years, two new technologies for convex printing have been developed: microcapsule paper and convex inkjet printing. With these technologies it is easy to produce convex graphics, be they maps, charts, diagrams, graphs or even artworks.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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