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September 26, 2013 AT 1:00 pm

“Hands On Search” Project for (Video) #3DThursday #3DPrinting

With Hands On Search, Yahoo! Japan takes web searching beyond visual — to the tactile. Providing those who wish to feel an object, including those who can’t see it, with the information they need to learn more about the world around them. A project possible now due to the ever increasing availability of 3D models online, and the proliferation of affordable and reliable 3D printers.

Check out the video here and visit the website (in Japanese) here for more details.

The Internet is visual and auditory.

What if the sense of touch became possible? What does the future look like?

To portray that sort of future for the internet, Yahoo JAPAN integrated the “Search” function with a 3D printer and developed the “Hands On Search” machine. The item you search comes out as a solid object by this search. This is the first step towards a new search.

Read more.

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さわれる検索 Yahoo JAPAN

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