Tactile city maps to be tested in Sheffield

June 2, 2010

A tactile map developed by Sheffield Hallam University is being tested in Sheffield. The TacMap, is designed to help visually impaired people navigate around a city. The maps can be found at Winter Gardens and Millennium Galleries in Sheffield. It is claimed by the researchers that they could be produced for a variety of buildings, such as hotels, bus and train stations. The process by which the maps are produced is to print them on normal paper, then produced on reactive paper and placed on a heat machine which makes darker areas rise up to create the tactile lines.