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Steven Landau

Former Adjunct, Class of


Courses Taught: Interactivity for All: Universal Design for Exhibits and Public Information Systems

Steven Landau is Director of Research at Touch Graphics, Inc., a company Mr. Landau founded in 1997 to create new products for the blind and low vision markets.  The company has been the recipient of numerous US government R&D grants, and has brought to market a Talking Tactile Tablet (TTT), a low-cost computer peripheral device that acts as a “viewer” for images produced in tactile (raised-line and textured) format.   In 2006, the TTT won a Gold Medal in the IDEA Awards competition.  Steven holds two patents in the field of assistive technology.The company also works in the area of museum accessibility, and is developing a new technology that empowers blind and low vision visitors to science museums to independently navigate and interact with exhibits using their own familiar cell phone as a controller for a network of environmental audio beacons.  In addition, Touch Graphics designs and produces exhibits that embody the principles of Universal Design, for institutions including the Smithsonian Institution, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Science Museum of Minnesota, the National Building Museum, New York Hall of Science, and others.Mr. Landau received a BA in Art from Oberlin College and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University.  He worked as a professional architect and educator for 12 years before forming Touch Graphics.  He has taught architectural design at New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona.