Technology Description

In partnership with the NC Blind Lions Club, 3D printed tactile maps have been developed to provide campers at Camp Dogwood for the Blind & Visually Impaired, general layout and orientation of the campus and main lodge. These maps are then paired with a mobile application and detailed audio description to help campers navigate the camp. These maps were created by using 3D modeling software and satellite images of the camp. 

Camp Dogwood campers participate in week long stays that offer recreational and entertainment activities. For more information on Camp Dogwood, please visit their website at http://nclionscampdogwood.org/.

View the Lions Club Letter of Appreciation to Duke University and the LiveWell RERC for developing the Tactile Maps.

 Left: 3D rendering created using Autodesk Fusion 360. Right: 3D printed map indicating general layout of buildings, roads, and sidewalks.

Left: 3D rendering created using Autodesk Fusion 360. Right: 3D printed map indicating general layout of buildings, roads, and sidewalks.

Development Team

  • Adrienne Hawkes – Student, Duke University Biomedical Engineering
  • Bill Graham – NC Blind Lions
  • Elizabeth Peters – Museum Educator for Community Audiences, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Myra Weise – Visitor Services Manager, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Leighanne Davis
  • Kevin Caves