DisneyDisney has conquered computer animation, given a home to Marvel's superheroes, and purchased a galaxy far, far away. Now they're working on a potentially revolutionary invention: Flat touchscreens that let users feel the shape and texture of pictured objects – a virtual reality that could change the way blind people interact with technology.
"The technology is called 'tactile rendering of 3D features,' and an early version of a rendering algorithm has already been developed by engineers at Disney Research in Pittsburgh. The process behind it is, predictably, both technical and confusing, but the basic premise is that small, electronic pulses can trick your fingers into perceiving bumps and texture, even if the surface is actually flat," writes Caitlin Dewey of The Wall Street Journal.
This is not a brand new technology, according to Dewey, who says scientists have known since 2001 that friction is the predominant force that lets people perceive textures.
"But Disney’s findings, which theRead More »from New Disney invention leads American charge in blind-friendly tech