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.

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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.

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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.

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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.