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Lego’s Newest Sets Leverage the World’s Most Popular Toy to Teach Kids Braille

A couple of years ago, design agency Lew’LaraTBWA created a set of Lego-like bricks that used the plastic stubs to recreate the patterns that make up the braille alphabet. It was such a clever way to help encourage blind or visually impaired children to learn braille that Lego is officially releasing its own Braille Bricks collection. Read More >>

computing
Apple and Microsoft Help Create New Standard for Braille Displays

Today, many people who are blind or have low vision must cobble together different hardware and software just to use computers. But a new standard backed by some of the biggest names in tech should mean that braille device users won't have to search for custom software for different operating systems and screen readers. Read More >>

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Using Lego-Like Bricks to Teach Kids Braille Is a Stroke of Genius

Unless you’re blind or know someone who is, you might not be familiar with what braille actually looks like. It turns out the braille alphabet uses a series of dot patterns that are remarkably reminiscent of the studs atop a Lego brick, and merging the two makes learning to read and write in braille far more enjoyable for kids. Read More >>

phones
OwnFone Braille Phone Has a Whole Other Kind of Touchscreen

The simplicity of a touchscreen interface on smartphones and tablets has opened up the worlds of computing and digital communication to people who would otherwise have found computers alienating. But for the visually impaired, the lack of hardware buttons is actually a drawback. Read More >>

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Moog is Putting Braille on its Synth so the Visually Impaired Can Jam

Moog just trotted out a new version of its popular Sub Phatty synth that's got a braille overlay to help the visually impaired. It's hard to believe it took the legendary manufacturer this long to get around to it, especially given that it's actually a pretty simple modification to the panel's design. Read More >>

design
How Braille Was Invented

Braille was invented by a nineteenth century man named Louis Braille, who was completely blind. Braille's story starts when he was three years old, and playing in his father's shop in Coupvray, France, where he somehow managed to injure his eye. Read More >>

design
An Interaction Designer Creates a Tactile Comic Book For the Blind

Comic books and visual novels are difficult to translate into Braille; Usually, they’re novelised or retold in audio formats. But is it possible to tell a visual story using tactile means alone? A Berlin-based interaction design student named Philipp Meyer thinks so. Read More >>

food
Sesame Seed Braille Buns Promote Menus For the Visually Impaired

A South African burger chain called Wimpy's wanted to bring attention to the fact that they've just introduced menus for the visually impaired. So they worked with ad agency Metropolitan Republic to create burgers with sesame seed braille messages on top. Read More >>

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apps
This App Could Make Tablets Accessible to the Blind

The Braille system has allowed blind people to read the written word since 1825. Unfortunately, Braille doesn't translate well to the glossy smooth surfaces of modern touch screen tablets and phones. A new app thinks it can change that. Read More >>