Yusuf Huraira has total vision loss, which means he has never had the experience of drawing with a pen. He has had to rely on Braille, or his teachers or fellow students for help.
However, a 3D printing pen is helping visually impaired students at Yusuf’s school, Priestly Smith, get creative as part of a test. 3Doodler’s latest pen creates lines with plastic, which heats up and cools down quickly, so not only can students draw in the air, but children with visual impairments can touch and feel what they’ve created.
“Using the pen, I have much more control over what I can do with it. It’s an experience for people to just hold a pen in their hand and draw it and feel the results of what they’ve drawn,” says Yusuf, in the BBC video above.
Although the pen has been around for a while, it recently received an endorsement from the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), a major UK-based charity. They recognized the 3Doodler pen as “easy to use” after testing it for a year with various groups of students with vision loss and their teachers. The pen is extremely easy to use and includes temperature settings, student audio support, and touch buttons. See it in action (below):