Search results become 3D-printed objects for blind users

The Hands On Search machine has voice recognition and a 3D printer.

(Credit: Yahoo! Japan)

I’ve always wanted a “Star Trek”-style replicator. I’d use it to prepare my Earl Grey tea as well as a top hat for every day of the week.

Kids at a school for the blind and visually impaired in Japan, though, already have a replicator of sorts. It’s a 3D printer that creates various objects in response to voice commands.

Sponsored by Yahoo Japan, the Hands on Search project is aimed at making Internet search results tactile instead of just visual and auditory.

The Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired is affiliated with the University of Tsukuba outside Tokyo.

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