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Close up black and white image of 4 hands. A grown-up guides the hands of a child while they read a book published in Braille.
Close up black and white image of 4 hands. A grown-up guides the hands of a child while they read a book published in Braille.
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3DPhotoWorks Invites You to Become Part of Blind History.

Since the invention of braille nearly 200 years ago, advocates for the Blind have worked to improve access to the written word. Today, that access is nearly immediate.

"While sight is not a prerequisite to success, equal access to information is. The next great frontier in achieving this goal is access to images, not merely words describing them. As a blind father with both blind and sighted children, it thrills me that my family will be able to explore and appreciate great works of art, photographs, and other images together.” Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind

Your Pledge of $5.00 or more can make this dream a reality by helping 3DPhotoWorks expand our production capabilities and implement our recently patented 3D Tactile Fine Art Printing Process to provide the Blind and Sight Impaired with access to art and photography.

What would your life be like without art? Without photographs? Without any images at all? For the Blind, that's all they know.

  • There are 285 million Blind and Sight Impaired men, women and children worldwide.
  • In the U.S., 1 person goes blind every eleven minutes. 

3DPhotoWorks has devoted 7 years to developing technology that converts any painting, drawing, collage or photograph to a 3D Tactile Fine Art Print. Our prints have length, width, depth and texture. Using their fingertips, the Blind experience our prints through tactile feedback.This process allows them, as they tell it, "see" the art. This feedback helps creates a "mental picture" that they envision in their mind.

"Our goal is to make the world's greatest art and greatest photography available to Blind people at every museum, every science center and every cultural institution, first in this country and then beyond." John Olson, Co-Founder, 3DPhotoWorks

Hear what Blind people say as they "see" art and photography for the very first time.

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Neuroscience research states, "The brain processes information coming from the skin as if it were coming from the eyes. We don’t see with the eyes or hear with the ears, these are just receptors, seeing and hearing in fact goes on in the brain."
Neuroscience research states, "The brain processes information coming from the skin as if it were coming from the eyes. We don’t see with the eyes or hear with the ears, these are just receptors, seeing and hearing in fact goes on in the brain."

Embedded sensors activate Audio Theatre providing a multi-sensory immersion.

Our Prints have length, width, depth and texture. Sensors are embedded throughout the print that when activated by touch provide custom audio that immerses the viewer in a multisensory experience that causes them to become "one with the art".
Our Prints have length, width, depth and texture. Sensors are embedded throughout the print that when activated by touch provide custom audio that immerses the viewer in a multisensory experience that causes them to become "one with the art".

See how the World's Greatest Art looks when printed tactilely for the Blind and Sight Impaired.

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3D Tactile Fine Art Prints have significant depth and texture that provide the Blind with tactile feedback down to the "brush stroke". 

How we will use your Pledge.

3DPhotoWorks has devoted 7 years to developing and refining 3D Tactile Fine Art Printing. The company has completed 2 years of one-on-one research and focus group testing with Blind and Sight Impaired volunteers from the National Federation of the Blind.  We are well beyond concept, beyond prototype and are currently manufacturing 3D Tactile Fine Art Prints in limited quantity. The company has recently been awarded it's first museum contract for Blind and Disabled visitors.

This past summer the company was granted its first patent and has patent applications pending in 7 countries worldwide. 

While our current level of production has served us well through our R&D phase, to fulfill future requirements we need to expand.

Your Pledge will be used to grow our production capabilities and add technology and staff. As we transition from R&D mode to manufacturing mode we need additional fabricating and printing equipment, computers, technicians and space. 

Furthermore, your Pledge can have immediate impact. Pledge $5000, $7500 or $10,000 or more and select your favorite art and we will donate a 3D Tactile Fine Art version of it to the museum of your choosing in your name or in the name of a person you designate. This is a great way to assist 3DPhotoWorks, the Blind and your favorite museum, science center or cultural institution with one stroke of the pen. Please note, to avoid possible copyright infringement, a licensing agreement may be required. We are happy to help with licensing and permissions.

Funding that exceeds our goal of $500,000.

If funding exceeds our minimum goal of $500,000 we will scale our production infrastructure AND our deliverables to the Blind in direct proportion to the total dollars received.

Your Pledge will be used to make 3D Tactile Fine Art Printing available in quantity to every museum, science center and cultural institution, first in this country and then beyond.

Questions? Phone 518 392-8161 or email info@3dphotoworks.com.

Rewards

(See a complete photo catalog of all 27 Rewards at the bottom of this page. Included are 11 gifts for the Blind and Sight Impaired person in your life.)

Pledge $200 or more and choose the Mona Lisa, George Washington Crossing the Delaware or Dr. Gachet, digitally sculpted in 3D and embedded in a block of clear acrylic.
Pledge $200 or more and choose the Mona Lisa, George Washington Crossing the Delaware or Dr. Gachet, digitally sculpted in 3D and embedded in a block of clear acrylic.
Pledge $100 or more and receive a set of 3 Unique Coffee Mugs printed with our R&D team's Original 3D Renderings of Van Gogh's Dr. Gachet, the Mona Lisa and George Washington Crossing the Delaware.
Pledge $100 or more and receive a set of 3 Unique Coffee Mugs printed with our R&D team's Original 3D Renderings of Van Gogh's Dr. Gachet, the Mona Lisa and George Washington Crossing the Delaware.
Pledge $50 and receive a T shirt made from an original 3D Rendering.
Pledge $50 and receive a T shirt made from an original 3D Rendering.
Pledge $3000 and receive a 3D Tactile Fine Art Portrait. This is a great way for the Blind and Sight Impaired to keep memories of loved ones fresh in their mind forever.
Pledge $3000 and receive a 3D Tactile Fine Art Portrait. This is a great way for the Blind and Sight Impaired to keep memories of loved ones fresh in their mind forever.
Pledge $35 and download an audio history of George Washington's Crossing of the Delaware. This custom audio is filled with special effects that puts you in the boat with our first President. This is a must for history buffs and students.
Pledge $35 and download an audio history of George Washington's Crossing of the Delaware. This custom audio is filled with special effects that puts you in the boat with our first President. This is a must for history buffs and students.
Help make Visual History. Donate and receive a Fine Art Archival Print by Blind Photographer Pete Eckert.
Help make Visual History. Donate and receive a Fine Art Archival Print by Blind Photographer Pete Eckert.
Have Questions? Phone 518 392-8161 (M-F 9 am - 5 pm et) or email: info@3dphotoworks.com
Have Questions? Phone 518 392-8161 (M-F 9 am - 5 pm et) or email: info@3dphotoworks.com

Risks and challenges

3DPhotoWorks has devoted 7 years to the development of 3D Tactile Fine Art Printing for the world's Blind population. We are years beyond concept and prototype. We are currently delivering limited quantity 3D Tactile Fine Art Prints. Our greatest risk is that demand exceeds our production capability. The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to overcome that risk and to expand our production capabilities and our reach to fulfill the needs of the 285 million Blind and Sight Impaired worldwide. Once funding has been secured, our production capabilities are scalable. Within 120 days we will be capable of producing at a much higher volume than at present. Should funding exceed our minimum goal of $500,000 we will scale our production infrastructure AND our deliverables to the Blind through museums, science centers and cultural institutions in direct proportion to the total dollars received.

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    Your $5.00 pledge will earn our sincere THANK YOU and help us reach our goal. You will have your name posted to our website and receive special thanks from members of our sighted, blind and sight impaired team.

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    All of the above rewards plus be included in a group thank you from 3DPhotoWorks and receive a tweet from @3DPhotoWorks and get an exclusive series of downloadable Fine Art digital wallpapers created from our original 3D renderings. Just as animation "Cels" from the 1930's became a historic part of Disney history, 3D Renderings are an integral part of the 3D Tactile Printing process and represent the 1st step required in providing images that Blind people can "see".

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    All of the above plus a "mini" Mona Lisa, Van Gogh's Dr. Gachet or George Washington Crossing the Delaware digitally sculpted to 2" x 3" x .75" in depth. These one-of-a-kind collectables are signed and numbered by our Co-Founders and include a full color 8" x10" Fine Art Archival Print of the original masterpiece. Want all 3 "mini's" and prints? All 3 are available for a $75.00 pledge.

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    Historic Audio. Downloadable Audio Theatre. 27 custom audio tracks that describe with great detail George Washington's Crossing of the Delaware. This reward is highly recommended. To listen to a few audio samples visit 3DPhotoWorks.com and click on the Audio Theatre video. It's as if you were in the Durham boat with our first President and his revolutionary soldiers. A great gift for students, history buffs and the sight impaired.

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    T-shirt with 3D Rendering. 3D Renderings are unique and when printed offer a simulated "3D" view of our Tactile Prints. This is a collectors item. Select 1 T-shirt featuring Mona Lisa, Dr. Gachet or George Washington printed uniquely as a 3D Rendering. Want 3 T-shirts? Donate $125 .00 and receive all 3. S, M, L, XL

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    Coffee Mug with 3D Rendering. Select 1 Mug featuring Mona Lisa, Dr. Gachet or George Washington printed uniquely as a 3D Rendering. Want all 3 Mugs? Pledge $100.00 and receive a complete set of 3.

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    Braille Alphabet Coffee Mug. Pledge $60.00 and receive this hardy mug with the alphabet spelled out in braille characters.

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    Mini Series, receive all 3. A "mini" Mona Lisa, Van Gogh's Dr. Gachet and George Washington Crossing the Delaware digitally sculpted, to 2" x 3" x .75" in depth. Signed and numbered by our Co-Founders.

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    A great gift for the Blind or Sight Impaired person in your life. This 4-Alarm talking clock includes a Super Snooze function and a Talking Stop Watch.

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    Complete set of 3 Coffee Mugs with simulated 3D Renderings. Receive all 3 Coffee Mugs featuring Mona Lisa, Dr. Gachet or George Washington printed uniquely as 3D renderings. This is a one-of-a-kind reward.

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    Complete set of 3, simulated 3D Rendered T-shirts. Receive 3 T-shirts featuring Mona Lisa, Dr. Gachet or George Washington printed uniquely as 3D renderings. Mix and match sizes and art as you see fit. Great gifts. S, M, L, XL

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    The 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille system. This coin makes a perfect gift for the Blind or Sight Impaired person close to you and can easily be converted into a pendant. (Pendant chain and holder will need to be purchased separately from a third party.) It comes with an 8" x 10" commemorative Fine Art Archival Print celebrating the life of Louis Braille.

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    Braille watch. This watch allows you to flip the top open to feel the placement of the hands, or press a button to listen to the time. This reward includes an 8" x 10" commemorative Fine Art Archival Print chronicling the life of Louis Braille.

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    3D "mini" Sculpture in Clear Acrylic Block. Receive Mona Lisa, Dr. Gachet or George Washington embedded 3D sculpture in a block of clear acrylic. Numbered and signed by our Co-Founders. A "must have" collectable.

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    Fine Art Archival Print of Mona Lisa, George Washington or Dr. Gachet. Prints are mounted, matted and framed. These 24" prints have been independently tested to have a minimal life expectancy of 60 years or more and offer superb color that closely matches the original art.

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    Receive 3, 3D sculptures in Clear Acrylic Blocks. Choose from Mona Lisa, Dr. Gachet and George Washington. The 3D sculptures are embedded in 3 blocks of clear acrylic. Numbered and signed by our Co-Founders. Great gifts. Mix and match.

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    Receive a signed 16" x 20" Fine Art Archival Print by Blind Photographer Pete Eckert. Pete creates his photographs from sound, touch and memory. This is a one-of-a-kind reward. Call for more information.

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    Receive A signed 24" x 30" Fine Art Archival Print by Blind Photographer Pete Eckert. See Pete's photographs in our Reward Catalog. This is a valuable one-of-a-kind reward.

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    Your own Mona Lisa, Van Gogh's Dr. Gachet or George Washington Crossing the Delaware as a 3D Tactile Fine Art Print. Printed to 24". Signed and numbered by our Co-Founders.

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    3D Tactile Fine Art Portrait. Supply a family photo and receive a 24" Fine Art Tactile Print. This is a great way to memorialize a loved one, pet or Guide Dog. Makes a great gift for the Blind or Sight Impaired person in your life. Signed and numbered by our Co-Founders.

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    Your own Mona Lisa, Van Gogh's Dr. Gachet or George Washington Crossing the Delaware as a 3D Tactile Fine Art Print. Printed to 36". Signed and numbered by our Co-Founders.

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    Museum Donor Package - Help rewrite visual history. Choose your favorite art work and we will donate a small size 3D Tactile version of it in your name to the museum of your choice. Issues of Copyright may apply. We are happy to assist with licensing, if required. Call 518 392-8161 or email info@3dphotoworks.com for more information.

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    Museum Donor Package - Help rewrite visual history. Choose your favorite artwork and we will donate a medium size 3D Tactile version of it in your name to the museum of your choice. Issues of Copyright may apply. We are happy to assist with licensing, if required. Call 518 392-8161 or email info@3dphotoworks.com for more information.

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    3D Tactile Fine Art Print. Supply a family or corporate photo or logo and receive a 48" Fine Art Tactile Print. You will receive 1 print up to 16 sq ft of printing for this Pledge. Signed and numbered by our Co-Founders.

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    Artist / Donor Package - Donate $10,000 and become part of history. Your donation entitles you to $10,000 in 3DPhotoWorks services.

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    Receive a 48" x 96" 3D Tactile Fine Art Print of George Washington or provide us with your photo to convert. This is a perfect gift for a library, cultural institution or historic site. Shipping within the lower 48 states included.

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    Museum Donor Package - Help rewrite visual history. Choose your favorite art work and we will donate a large 3D Tactile version of it in your name to the museum of your choice. Issues of Copyright may apply. We are happy to assist with licensing, if required. Call 518 392-8161 or email info@3dphotoworks.com for more information.

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