Development of tactile map production device and tactile map with multilingual vocal guidance function

Kouki Doi, Wataru Toyoda, Hiroshi Fujimoto

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    Abstract

    A tactile map is an assistive tool for visually impaired persons to obtain special information. As new barrier-free laws were recently enacted in Japan, many Braille signs and tactile guide maps have been installed in various facilities. Several production methods are available for tactile guide maps. Screen prints have become increasingly popular in Japan because they offer several advantages, including the fact that they can be printed together with visual characters. However, users have one major complaint: screen printing does not create lines and dots on tactile maps, thus necessitating improvement in screen printing performance. In this study, we developed a new tactile map production device as an alternative to screen printing devices. Also, a tactile map created by our method included a vocal guidance function based on users' needs. We found that the finished-print performance and convenience of tactile maps improved considerably. This study will be useful in providing a new style for future tactile maps.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationASSETS'10 - Proceedings of the 12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
    Pages255-256
    Number of pages2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS'10 - Orlando, FL
    Duration: 2010 Oct 252010 Oct 27

    Other

    Other12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS'10
    CityOrlando, FL
    Period10/10/2510/10/27

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    Keywords

    • Tactile map
    • Tactile sense
    • Vocal guidance functions

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Hardware and Architecture

    Cite this

    Doi, K., Toyoda, W., & Fujimoto, H. (2010). Development of tactile map production device and tactile map with multilingual vocal guidance function. In ASSETS'10 - Proceedings of the 12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 255-256) https://doi.org/10.1145/1878803.1878858