Microsoft’s physical blocks rekindles coding hopes for visually impaired kids

Microsoft has always been considerate with their innovation, trying its possible best to fit anybody and everybody into its tech ecosystem

The tech giant has been working on a physically impaired enabled device that allows children with bad sight or no sight at all, to do that which seem impossible. The physical programming language for children who are blind or visually impaired, is Microsoft way of engaging the hopeless kids, making them relevant in the tech space especially.

‘Dubbed Code Jumper’ as it is been called by Microsoft is a device that  allows children to learn coding by connecting physical blocks together. Each block is around the size of a softball, and brightly colored. There are different sizes for different commands, and children can connect them together to build a program. While this format is entirely different from the usuall way of learning coding; it teaches the kids the exact thing they would have learn on a norm, just that it takes a different approach.

It is also important to have at the back of your mind that the device will not offer the kids a very wild knowledge of coding, rather, it will only teach them the basics of coding, especially the kind that is relevant for kids within the age frame of seven and eleven. Microsoft originally developed Code Jumper as Project Torino in its research labs a couple of years ago. It started as an improved version of block coding for the visually impaired, to address issues where traditional screen readers or magnifiers weren’t enough.

Microsoft has been working closely with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to tweak its system, and it’s now handing its work off to the APH so students can start to gain access to it. APH is now planning to release Code Jumper in Australia, Canada, India, the UK, and the US this year, with worldwide availability expected over the next five years. I think this is one of the best thing that tech has offer this category of people, of course, with the new project widely spread, Visually impaired people can now partake in coding.

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