Developed in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind, 3DPhotoWorks has three products available, which allow a blind or disabled individual to experience visual and graphic material through touch and sensory stimulation. To further assist in creating a more interactive experience, braille can be utilized for text, and sensors can be embedded so that when touched, a customized audio narrative is activated. Components that emit unique smells are also available. These three senses – touch, hearing, and smell, work together in the brain to replace the sense of sight. The user creates a mental picture from this confluence of sensory stimulation. Touching a tactile print while listening to a coordinated audio presentation creates an enhanced kinesthetic learning experience.

Prints are available in sizes up to 5′ x 10′.

Tactile Prints

Our basic package includes tactile prints created using our innovative process. Any image can be converted and transferred.

Tactile print ready for installation.

Tactile Prints with Braille

Our intermediate package includes tactile prints with braille, making textual information more accessible to the blind.

Tactile print with braille and text ready for installation.

Tactile Prints with Electronics

Our advanced package includes tactile prints with items outlined in our basic and intermediate packages, as well as a control panel and full audio functionality with embedded touch sensors. Components that emit unique smells are also available.

Lynn Jackson, Memphis, TN

When I can experience a painting on my own without a docent or a friend describing it to me, that represents “Freedom, Independence, and Equality.

We live in a world designed for the sighted. For people without sight, learning, achieving gainful employment, and living a meaningful life is challenging.

Humans use five senses to learn and perform life’s daily functions—sight, touch, sound, smell, and taste. Sight is considered crucial as more than 75% of what we learn is acquired through our eyes. Without sight, learning, gainful employment, and cultural inclusion are often hindered.

When learning is hindered, blind individuals and communities suffer.