Bump dots are so 20th century. They just sit there feeling all circular and, well, same old thing really. It would be nice if tactile markings could convey more when you encounter them.
Anne DeWitt, CEO of tangible surface research, Explains to Lisa Salinger that raised icons can assist in passing along important information. The feeling of an X could be placed on a microwave to indicate stop. An hourglass could be used to notify you that your finger is on the timer button. And just imagine how cool it would be if you could take these ideas about markings to the gym with an overlay on say a treadmill. Be sure to wander over to the official tangible surface research website to learn more
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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.