The details of the new designer will be fully compatible with other Lego products.
The Lego Foundation, funded by the Danish children's toy manufacturer Lego Group, has unveiled a new building set with raised Braille characters and letters for sighted people. Thus, with the launch of a new product, Lego provides an opportunity to play with the construction set for both blind and visually impaired children, and the sighted. The project, called Lego Braille Bricks, is in the experimental phase and will be released in partnership with associations and schools for the blind in 2020.
The company hopes that the new project will contribute to learning to read for blind and visually impaired children, helping to fight the so-called "Braille literacy crisis." “When children get Lego in their hands, they learn Braille through play, almost without noticing that they are learning,” commented Diana Ring Krogh, curator of the Lego Foundation project.
The company worked on the project together with organizations from Norway, Denmark and Brazil. The set will contain 250 elements with which it is possible to learn the alphabet, numbers and the simplest mathematical symbols of the Braille alphabet. Details of the new constructor will be fully compatible with others Lego products.
To date, the new Lego Braille Bricks project has been created and is being tested in Portuguese, English, Danish and Norwegian. French and German kits are under development and will be released at a later date.