High-Quality Tactile Paintings

Andreas Reichinger, Stefan Maierhofer, Werner Purgathofer
High-Quality Tactile Paintings
In Eurographics 2011 - Areas Papers, pages 1-8. 2011.

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  • Publication Type: Conference Paper
  • Workgroup(s)/Project(s):
  • Date: 2011
  • Booktitle: Eurographics 2011 - Areas Papers
  • Date (from): 11. April 2011
  • Date (to): 15. April 2011
  • Editor: A. Day and R. Mantiuk and E. Reinhard and R. Scopigno
  • Lecturer: Andreas Reichinger
  • Location: Llandudno, UK
  • Organization: Eurographics
  • Pages (from): 1
  • Pages (to): 8

Abstract

The aim of this work is to bring the cultural heritage of two-dimensional art closer to being accessible by blind and visually impaired people. We present a computer-assisted workflow for the creation of tactile representations of paintings, suitable to be used as a learning tool in the context of guided tours in museums or galleries. Starting from high-resolution images of original paintings, our process allows an artist to quickly design the desired form, and generate data suitable for rapid prototyping machines to produce the physical touch tools. Laser-cut layered depth diagrams, convey not only the individual objects in the painting and their spatial layout, but also augment their depth relations. CNC-milled textured reliefs additionally render fine details like brush strokes and texture suitable for the sense of touch. Our methods mimic aspects of the visual sense, make sure that the haptic output is quite faithful to the original paintings and do not require special manual abilities, like sculpting skills.

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@inproceedings{Reichinger-2011-Tac,
  title =      "High-Quality Tactile Paintings",
  author =     "Andreas Reichinger and Stefan Maierhofer and Werner
               Purgathofer",
  year =       "2011",
  abstract =   "The aim of this work is to bring the cultural heritage of
               two-dimensional art closer to being accessible by blind and
               visually impaired people. We present a computer-assisted
               workflow for the creation of tactile representations of
               paintings, suitable to be used as a learning tool in the
               context of guided tours in museums or galleries. Starting
               from high-resolution images of original paintings, our
               process allows an artist to quickly design the desired form,
               and generate data suitable for rapid prototyping machines to
               produce the physical touch tools. Laser-cut layered depth
               diagrams, convey not only the individual objects in the
               painting and their spatial layout, but also augment their
               depth relations. CNC-milled textured reliefs additionally
               render fine details like brush strokes and texture suitable
               for the sense of touch. Our methods mimic aspects of the
               visual sense, make sure that the haptic output is quite
               faithful to the original paintings and do not require
               special manual abilities, like sculpting skills.",
  booktitle =  "Eurographics 2011 - Areas Papers",
  editor =     "A. Day and R. Mantiuk and E. Reinhard and R. Scopigno",
  location =   "Llandudno, UK",
  organization = "Eurographics",
  pages =      "1--8",
  URL =        "/research/publications/2011/Reichinger-2011-Tac/",
}