Japanese Cartographers Create Printable 3D Maps for the Blind
The Geospatial Information Authority (GSI) of Japan is developing the technology to create low-cost, topographical maps
Developers in Japan are creating software that will enable people with visual impairments to move around more freely. Users will download a file online, take it to the nearest 3D printer, and produce a tactile of an online map.
They will be able to print out 3D maps of different parts of the country and use them to feel the topographical details with their fingertips. The differences in texture on the map will help people to identify railway lines, walkways and highways as well as uneven surfaces and hills.