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The project was founded by the Swedish Research Council.
Without vision it's impossible to interpret facial expressions, or so it's believed. Shafiq ur Réhman, Umeå University, presents a new technology in his doctoral thesis -- a Braille code of emotions.
"It gives new opportunities for social interactions for the visually impaired," he says.
Using a high-tech 3-D printer, a student and his professor created sophisticated braille maps to help blind and visually impaired people navigate a local training center. New research findings have implications for emotion research, entertainment industry and 3D displays, say investigators.
They found that 2D photographs of facial expressions fail to evoke emotions as ...