Using haptic virtual reality gloves, visitors with visual impairments can perceive iconic sculptures through touch

The National Gallery of Prague created a campaign called ‘Touching Masterpieces‘ that uses haptic technology to let visually-impaired audiences experience famous works of art. Since the blind often learn about the world through touch, art in museums where touching is off-limits is not normally accessible to them—until now.

The Leontinka Foundation for the blind and visually impaired teamed up with Geometry Prague and Neurodigital to design haptic Avatar VR gloves that let people touch the likes of Michelangelo’s David or Thutmose’s bust of Nefertiti in a virtual space. The gloves work by using multi-frequency technology that stimulates different types of skin cells’ tactile responses, giving wearers a detailed sense of the work in question. “Touching Masterpieces” debuted on March 23 and marks an innovative way to democratize visual art for those often left out.

Touching Masterpieces

The National Gallery of Prague created a campaign called ‘Touching Masterpieces‘ that uses haptic technology to let visually-impaired audiences experience famous works of art. Since the blind often learn about the world through touch, art in museums where touching is off-limits is not normally accessible to them—until now.

The Leontinka Foundation for the blind and visually impaired teamed up with Geometry Prague and Neurodigital to design haptic Avatar VR gloves that let people touch the likes of Michelangelo’s David or Thutmose’s bust of Nefertiti in a virtual space. The gloves work by using multi-frequency technology that stimulates different types of skin cells’ tactile responses, giving wearers a detailed sense of the work in question. “Touching Masterpieces” debuted on March 23 and marks an innovative way to democratize visual art for those often left out.