Exciting new technology is being developed by Touch Graphics to allow for touch-sensitive, talking 3d models.
We are working on a method for producing a life-size Talking Tactile Head that responds to direct physical touches, making it accessible and fun for all museum visitors, including those with visual impairments.
The Head will be fabricated using a 3D printer that dispenses two different plastic materials: one conductive and one insulating. The conductive plastic will be used to create a mesh of interwoven horizontal and vertical sensing wires embedded in the surface of the Talking Tactile Head. An internal electronic device will connect to the sensing wires, allowing us to determine the location and intensity of multiple, simultaneous finger presses. The device will be programmed to recognize a variety of gestures, such as nosesqueeze, browwipe, eye poke, or earlobepull.