Description of Idea:
I’m looking to create tactile/textured jigsaw puzzles for those who are blind and visually impaired. I’ve designed one prototype so far, but it needs improvement, that I believe can be done with a 3d printer, but I am blind and unsure of how accessible one would be. Currently, my puzzle is bland. Lets say our focus is the very top left corner piece. I have stuck on two foam stickers, one a circle and the other a square. The end that connects to the circle also has a circle and the end of the connecting piece that connects to the square also has a foam square on it. The blind person matches the puzzle pieces by matching them with their matching foam counterparts. I’ve also used buttons, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners as indicators. Rather than gluing pieces to the puzzle, I aim to create something where the indicators are raised. I’d also love to create puzzles where the picture is also raised, so the blind person can enjoy a puzzle the way a sighted person would. For any recommendations, please let me know. If anyone would like to work with me, I’d be glad to! This is a dream of mine and I won’t give up! Thanks for any input! Take care!
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