Imagining a New Way to Read, One 3D-Printed Book at a Time

Blind and visually impaired children will now be able to experience classic picture books like Goodnight Moon and Harold and the Purple Crayon with the help of 3D printing technology. Researchers at the University of Colorado have created a new project that can convert standard picture books into 3D-printed pages, letting children with visual impairments follow the raised illustrations by touch as the stories are read aloud. See also: 7 Things You Didn't Know About 3D Printing Tom Yeh, an assistant professor in the university's Department of Computer Science who directed the project, said the goal of The Tactile Picture Books Project is to use computer science to better people's lives. Read more...More about Children S Books, 3d Printing, Tech, Dev Design, and...

Aston Martin to Equip Race Cars With Solar-Powered Air Conditioning

British sports-car manufacturer Aston Martin will soon be keeping race-car drivers cool with solar-powered air-conditioning systems. The company announced a partnership with Hanergy Global Solar Power and Applications Group to equip cars with ultra-thin solar panels that can power auxiliary features, such as air conditioning, without sucking power from the engine. See also: 13 Tech Products That Stood Out in 2013 The FIA, the governing body for world motor sport, requires World Endurance Championship cars to maintain a cockpit temperature below 32 degrees Celsius (90 degress Fahrenheit) to prevent drivers from overheating, according to car-news site Auto Evolution. Normally, air conditioning is powered by a car's internal combustion engine, draining its power and decreasing fuel efficiency. Read more...More about Cars, Racing, Race, Solar Power, and...