This may seem like a natural step for the infamous coloured blocks, and its regularity is in fact what belies its genius. Braille bricks are compatible with existing ones, feature numbers and symbols for people of all sight levels and will be given free to certain institutions. It’s this lack of distinction from mainstream toys which in turn distinguishes Lego. Play on.
Lego has created a version of its building bricks printed with letters and numbers from the braille alphabet, so blind and partially sighted children can learn to read as they play.
The bricks, which are compatible with Lego’s wider collection, are also printed with standard numbers, symbols and letters. This means that teachers, friends and family members can play along.
The product is currently available in Danish, Norwegian, English and Portuguese alphabets. French, Spanish and German alphabets will be tested later this year.
The final Braille Bricks collection will launch officially in 2020 and will be distributed for free to select institutions.