The TactiPad is a versatile drawing board which enables a VIP (Visually Impaired Person) to make a tactile drawing themselves or on which someone else can make a drawing for the VIP. These drawings are made on a thin sheet of plastic foil on top of a layer of rubber. By firmly pressing down on the foil the lines will raise instantly, forming the tactile image. The ergonomic design of the TactiPad and its included drawing tools makes drawing easier and much more enjoyable.
The art of drawing tactually – drawing tactile art
The TactiPad has many applications: it is the ideal drawing board for leisure activities, for schoolwork or in your professional career. It can even be used on the go or while travelling.
You can choose whether you want to make a simple sketch by hand, or use the different drawing tools – ruler, triangle, protractor and compasses – for highly accurate drawings. Eight adjustable buttons and measurement indicators around the drawing surface allow you to accurately fix the tools while drawing.
A selection of the possibilities
- Means of communication between VIPs and sighted people
- Drawing for fun and exploration
- Keeping track of the scores in a game
- Using it as a memo board mounted on the wall
- Doing your homework (e.g. maths or geography)
- Making greeting cards or other creative expressions
- Creating pie charts and other diagrams
- Carrying it with the shoulder strap to navigate your surroundings with a tactile map, or while creating your own map
You can find a detailed description of the TactiPad and the set of drawing tools in the TactiPad user manual.
Add functionality with GraphGrid and CircleFrame!
Besides the regular drawing tools, we offer two additional accessories and their accompanying drawing tools to extend the drawing possibilities on the TactiPad even more.
The GraphGrid is the tactile equivalent of grid paper. It uses rubber bands to provide a grid to your drawing surface. Use it, for example, to create tables, for drawings with repetitive patterns or for graphs and other mathematical drawings.
The CircleFrame can be used to create all kinds of circular drawings with great accuracy. With the drawing tools, you can easily create images such as pie charts, the face of a clock or interesting circular patterns and motifs like mandalas.
GraphGrid – draw graphs, tables,
bar charts and other grid-based diagrams
CircleFrame – create pie charts, a clock,
mandalas and other circular drawings
By combining the TactiPad with the TactileView drawing and production software and digital pen, the drawings that you create can be saved on the computer as well. This method of drawing enables VIPs to create digital images in TactileView.
Moreover, this setup can also be used to explore audio-tactile diagrams. The TactiPad will function as a touch screen with the digital pen as a pointer, allowing you to access the spoken digital information in a drawing.
TactileView drawing and production software
The digital pen extends the functionality of the TactileView drawing and production software. With the pen and the TactileView software you can digitally record your drawings on a TactiPad. The pen operates with a receiver that is attached magnetically to the sides of the TactiPad. You can also operate the software entirely using just the digital pen. The functionality of the pen cycles between drawing, exploring an image or operating the menus in the software with a button click on the side of the pen.
User manuals and order information
Motorised Drawing Arm
At Thinkable, we are constantly developing new additions to our range of products. We have developed an exciting new device that allows you to plot an image from the TactileView software on the TactiPad drawing board!