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.
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.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!