APH Press Release

Graphiti Debuts at Kennedy Center in our Nation’s Capitol

APH Vice President of Educational Services and Product Development Dorinda Rife examines the Graphiti on exhibit
APH Vice President of Educational Services and Product Development Dorinda Rife stopped by the Kennedy Center while the Graphiti was on exhibit.

September 1, 2017, Washington, DC. The American Printing House for the Blind is pleased to announce that a prototype of the GraphitiTM, a product APH is developing with Orbit Research, was recently featured at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in an exhibition entitled Artful Innovation: Inclusive Design and Technology.

The Office of VSA (formerly Very Special Arts) and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center sponsored the exhibition, which spotlighted how technology is expanding the boundaries of human endeavors. Items featured in the exhibition each represented creativity of people with diverse abilities, ages, and backgrounds. Graphiti and the other items illustrated how art, design, and technology can come together to demonstrate the possibilities of our creative future.

The Graphiti is a tactile display with hundreds of moving pins of various heights that people who are blind can use to access images and graphical information as well as draw their own graphics. A prototype of this device drew worldwide attention recently when people who are blind used it to experience the solar eclipse in real time. APH plans to release this life changing product in 2018.

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