Many people think of Braille as something that is not necessary to learn unless you are blind or visually impaired.
But having sighted people learn Braille has all sorts of positive indirect consequences.
For instance, at the very least, it is likely to help them keep accessibility issues more toward the front of their minds than if they had no exposure to it.
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So, if they don’t use tactile letters and don’t add any tactile pattern to indicate orientation, they need only 57 new moulds.
or imagine cooperation "hey, can you give me an 'a'?"
you get a letter, and place it the wrong way, then you read and think "this is an 'a'" learning the wrong pattern.
you don't have that problem with other tools because you orient the whole device (or paper)
Plus, you don't even need special bricks, use regular ones, and put as many one-square bricks on them as you need.
I wonder since the clutch or friction is reduced due to fewer pegs, why not consider null pegs, pegs which are like a hollow cylinder rather than solid cylinder. Maybe it would be too much of a compromise and distract learners or misinform learners what true Braille is like?
not being useful as building parts also help them not as easily disappear into lego buildings elsewhere. (although that is a faint hope, as i am sure kids will use them that way anyways without considering the lack of stability)
I suspect this will sell well to adults who have fond memories of playing with LEGO and have got bored of fridge magnets.
the patent for the material too? i think the problem with earlier clones was not the shape but the quality of the plastic
As for the bricks themselves:
As much as I'm a fan of LEGO that was a pretty dirty trick they pulled and the whitewash attempt later on even dirtier.
but i agree with you that whitewashing history is dirty. although, i do remember in a 5 minute video about lego history which i believe was made by lego, it was acknowledged that they got the brick idea from a fair that demoed injection molding machines.
as for suing their competition, i do hope they don't succeed. lego is pretty big in china too, but clones are rampant, and their brick quality is getting hard to distinguish from lego.
there are of course those that directly copy lego original models. but they also design their own. the latter should be allowed.
i am glad to see that progress is being made. i hope that the wear out is a problem of the material and not the printing process, so maybe better material can solve that?