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New 3D surface pin table (possible accessibility uses)

From: Kristina Seyer Smith <kristina@bonair.stanford.edu>
Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 12:22:23 -0700
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Dear W3C Colleagues,

I was just at a conference and saw the most amazing table that was 
developed by the military to provide 3D topography using raised pins 
(covered by a balloon-like stretchy surface). It currently takes a couple 
of minutes to morph into another topography.

I was thinking that this could be a really neat accessibility tool for 
those with limited vision to interact with a graphical display, such as 
buttons on the internet, graphical displays, art, or even it's current use 
- a map.  It's currently very expensive, although imagine extending W3C 
standards to this in a few years!

There's an image of this table at:
It's made by the US Army Corp of Engineers


Kristina Seyer Smith, Manager of Maps and Records
Spatial Information/GIS

Phone: 1-650-723-0594
FAX:   1-650-723-7905
Stanford University, Facilities Operations
327 Bonair Siding, Stanford, CA 94305-7274
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