A Concept for Re-useable Interactive Tactile Reliefs

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9759)


We introduce a concept for a relief-printer, a novel production method for tactile reliefs, that allows to reproduce bas-reliefs of several centimeters height difference. In contrast to available methods, this printer will have a much smaller preparation time, and does not consume material nor produce waste, since it is based on a re-usable medium, suitable for temporary printouts. Second, we sketch a concept for the autonomous, interactive exploration of tactile reliefs, in the form of a gesture-controlled audio guide, based on recent depth cameras. Especially the combination of both approaches promises rapid tactile accessibility to 2.5D spatial information in a home or education setting, to on-line resources, or as a kiosk installation in museums.


(e)Accessibility Design for all Blind people Assistive technology HCI and Non classical interfaces Tactile models 2.5D Reproduction Interactive audio guide 



This work was performed within the framework of the project Deep Pictures, supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): P24352-N23, and the Erasmus+ project AMBAVis ( and has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Special thanks to Florian Rist and the Institut für Kunst und Gestaltung of the Vienna University of Technology, and to Thebert Metallbau GmbH (


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.VRVis Zentrum für Virtual Reality und Visualisierung Forschungs-GmbHViennaAustria

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