Unless you're blind, know someone who is, or pay attention to lift signs, you might not be familiar with what braille actually looks like. It turns out that 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.
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Moog just trotted out a new version of its popular Sub Phatty synth that has 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.
To make kids living with visual impairments able to share the same experiences as their friends and peers, a new series of children's books was created. The Storybook For All Eyes each feature a custom-designed font that incorporates both braille and english letters into a single typeface so they can be shared and enjoyed by all.
The advent of cochlear implants in the 1970s and ocular implants in the early 2000s revolutionised hearing and vision loss treatment by circumventing damaged organs with digital prostheses that directly stimulated neural pathways. But these devices have been poor substitutes for the real thing. That is, until now.