Cho Joon-dong, a Professor of Department of Human ICT Convergence at SKKU held an exhibition at Siloam Welfare Center for the Blind at the end of October. He exhibited the works that he created for the blind with students of the Department of Human ICT Convergence at SKKU. They succeeded in developing a platform that helps the blind enjoy the art works for themselves through their sense of touch and hearing. A platform which is named Blind-Touch changes the paintings into relief forms using 3D printer. Thanks to Blind-Touch, the blind can recognize what the painting describes by feeling it with their fingers without any other wearable devices. Also, they contributed to develop the technology called “biosignal-based Human-Computer Interface (HCI)”. They developed an interface controlled by a finger’s touch that perceives the tap of the blind’s fingers and provides voiceovers and sound effects. In the exhibition, there were four themes: Curator in Tactile Paintings, Invitation to the Starry Night, Moving Dot, Feeling the Ocean Breeze and Scent. In the first theme, many famous paintings such as Sin Saimdang’s Grass and Insects, Henri Matisse’s Dance, and Paul Klee’s Senecio were recreated using HCI and displayed. In the second theme, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night recreated by HCI was on display with sound effects and background music to make the painting vivid. In the next theme, the painting gave an impression that the dots moving by using liquid magnetic materials and solenoid when viewers touch the painting. In the last theme, Vincent van Gogh’s Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les SaintesMaries-de-la-Mer was displayed with the ocean breeze and scents.
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