Internet firm Yahoo Japan is studying how it can apply the new technology like 3D printing to educational purposes.
Yahoo Japan has developed a voice-activated Internet search technology to produce solid plastic objects with 3D printers based on computer searches.
This is how it is made: if the word "horse," for example, is spoken into the machine, it searches for a drawing of the animal on the Internet. In about 15 minutes, it produces a solid, three-dimensional horse-shaped object that fits in the palm of a hand.
This project is called "Hands on Search" and as part of the project, Yahoo Japan has installed the 3D search engine to a school for blind and visually impaired students in Tokyo on a temporary basis that they can use it for free until mid-October.
The company wants to study how visually impaired children make Internet searches.
It plans to establish a special website providing lists of objects about which children are particularly curious.
Currently Only about 100 3D data models are available online, and Yahoo plans to ask other companies to provide more.
Yahoo Japan, which is part-owned by Japanese mobile carrier Softbank and US Internet giant Yahoo! Inc. has no firm plans on commercialising the technology.
Source: NHK News
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