THEO – Tactile aid
Tactile aid for the visually impaired. – We live in a visual world. Capturing all the 3d information with our eyes, we mainly focus on the visual sense. Blind and visually impaired people depend on different senses. In addition to the aural sense the tactile sense plays a major role for spatial orientation. For this purpose, THEO provides an intelligent interface solution.
It took me three month to get all the insights I needed. Nevertheless it is all subjective and every persons´ disease is different and leads to various needs for a visual aid.
325.000.000 Visually Impaired Worldwide
This embossed, tactile picture at the „Kunsthistorische Museum Wien“ revealed some real issues in the perception for that kind of illustration.
After gathering the most important informations and devoloping first ideas, I started with a mind-map that helped me in further design steps and decision making. On this big sheet of paper I wrote down all possible scenarios and separated them into three categories: Human – Environment – Technology.
Due to combining technology with the scenarios, it became obvious that there are a lot of scopes of application for a tactile feedback device.