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Non-Visual TV Screen

This is an aid for the blind. Video images are expressed as moving basrelief.
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Picture something like an Etch-A-Sketch, lying in your lap. You place your hands on the screen and feel the "image"...in relief, as it moves.
StreetLight, Jun 12 2001

Non-Visual Visual Representation Research http://www.dinf.org...n_98/csun98_144.htm
Dates back to 1998 but should give people an idea of the way that research has taken. [Aristotle, Jun 12 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]

(?) The vOICe - seeing with sound http://ourworld.com...pages/Peter_Meijer/
Converts still and moving images to sound patterns. Free software, will convert your windows desktop to sounds, and live TV too if you have a TV card for your PC. Very cool - the sounds are awful though. [imagicsp, Jun 12 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]

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       I like it, yet it would have to be a relatively small screen. It would be impractical to move your hands to feel a moving image.
Malakh, Jun 12 2001
  

       I've seen Braille dumb terminals back in the 80s when I was a student. They had about three lines of Braille and appeared to be pretty effective.   

       Given that this is 2001 I suspect this is baked. I'll have a search ...
Aristotle, Jun 12 2001
  

       I think the use of the term "video monitor" has made people think of using this with computers. I think of this invention more in terms of TV watching. I'm not too sure anyone would want to use it to "see" what Windows looks like. I think I should have called it TV For The Blind.
StreetLight, Jun 12 2001
  

       Certainly be one giant leap forward for the porn industry. Kinda like Blinkin's introduction in "Robin Hood: Men in Tights."
nick_n_uit, Jun 12 2001
  

       A baked good that solves this same problem is called "Descriptive Video Service". Basically, on the Second Audio Program (SAP) of the signal, an extra narrator fills in anything a blind person is missing by speaking it. In the U.S. it is most common on non-fiction programs, particularly on the Public Broadcasting Service.
krelnik, Dec 17 2002
  

       The idea will only work for people who HAVE had some time in their life where they could see. IF they were blind from birth, a moving bas relief would'nt translate into anything "visual" (they would'nt have any point of reference if they have never "seen" anything in their lives). But if it were like a braille marquee- then good. I still voted FOR.
mailtosalonga, Apr 01 2004
  

       Well, it could injure someone. For instance, a car crash on TV could pinch the hands (hands stuck between virtual cars). It has to have some sort of safety thing.
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