Tactile maps

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SightCity is the world‘s biggest exhibition for aids for the blind and the visually impaired. This year the exhibition will take place from May 18 to 20, 2016 in Frankfurt.

Versoteq will be joining Perkins School for the Blind and exhibiting our 'talking' 3D printed tactile maps. Come meet us and test out our map at the Perkins' booth E5.

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Indoor/ Outdoor hybrid tactile map
The maps of Slush 2015 are our first indoor/ outdoor hybrid tactile maps. The maps are a great example of our "design for all" approach. The maps show the surroundings with real shapes and actual buildings in place so that people with disabilities get a clear understanding of the area. Additionally, many Slush visitors with normal vision commented that the 3D dimensional maps with colors indeed helped them read the maps faster and more easily.

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Versoteq has been working on a tactile map project for the City of Espoo and we're proud to announce that the maps are now in place. They are located in Espoo Finland near a shopping mall called Sello in the Leppävaara region. The maps have been designed and assembled by Versoteq with the help of many parties such as the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired, Keskuspuisto Vocational College and the Espoo Disability Council.

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Versoteq has been accepted to the CreatiFI program and will therefore receive EU funding for product development:

“CreatiFI introduces the FIWARE technologies to very large relevant communities of Creative Industries and web entrepreneurs. With a €4.8 million fund for SMEs, web entrepreneurs and ICT developers, it supports the development of new applications leveraging future internet technologies for the Creative Industries.”

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Versoteq is currently working on pilot projects on 3D printed tactile maps. It has been an exiting process to create new ways for the visually impaired to perceive the surrounding space. While we're working together with the blind to create the best possible solution, we're also designing the maps in full color in order to serve the people with normal vision.

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