Sex ed goes 3D for the blind
BLIND students will be able to have proper sex education classes for the first time – thanks to 3D printing technology.
Researchers have collaborated to create 3D figures that model sex organs during various states of arousal – from a flaccid penis to a dilated vaginal opening – allowing students to “feel” their way through sexual health lessons.
Sex ed classes often rely on videos and static illustrations – which are useless for the blinds.
Dr. Gaylen Kapperman, a professor at Northern Illinois University who was involved with the project, said: “Many people believe if you provide raised- lined 2D tactile pictures of sex organs blind people will be able to generalise this information. But 3D models make more sense to them.”