3D printers have now become a common technological advancement that has assisted people medically on many levels — from 3D-printing organs to creating prosthetics and medical implants. Now, a company called Pirate3D has developed a 3D printer that can be used to assist people with eyesight problems.
Known as the Buccaneer, or the “World’s Friendliest 3D Printer,” the printer is being advertised as able to assist people who are visually impaired due to blindness or other disorders, like glaucoma. 3D printing is nothing new, but Buccaneer’s project and video “Touchable Memories” shows how technology can be used in creative ways to enhance the lives of those with blindness.
While blind people can see memories in their minds, it’s not quite the same as being able to look at a photograph to reminisce. “Memories for me as a blind person are almost like dreams,” one woman in the video says. “It’s like a gust of wind. It’s there and it’s gone, but you can have it forever.” … (Read more)