All Lego sets come with visual instructions that show builders where they should place each piece. But this guidance isn’t accessible for the blind. That’s why the Lego Foundation has announced they are releasing instructions in audio and Braille for a small number of sets through a partnership with the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
The institute has created AI software that translates LXFML data — the design script used by Lego designers — from visual to text-based descriptions, which can then be translated to Braille and audio instructions. The instructions will be available in English for free on the Lego Audio Instructions website.
You can give credit to 22-year old Matthew Shifrin, a blind Lego enthusiast whose Lego for the Blind website includes Braille instructions for several different sets. Shifrin got the idea when a family friend, Lilya, gifted him a 821-piece Prince of Persia Lego set, complete with a set of instructions she typed out by hand using a Braille typewriter. After that, the pair worked on transcribing over 20 different Lego sets.
It is a time-consuming process. For instance, braille instructions for a London Bridge set numbered over 850 pages. Transcribing a set could take anywhere between 45 minutes to a month. Good on the company.
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