#LEGO Using AI Tech to Make Instructions Available in Braille and Via Audio

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"Lego bricks allow me to see things that are impossible to explore by touch."
-Matthew Shifrin, Entreprenueur

Lego will begin releasing building instructions in braille and via audio for visually impaired collectors. A pilot program using AI technology was launched recently, inspired by blind entrepreneur Matthew Shifrin.

Currently the program offers instructions on building sets from Lego Classic, Lego City and Lego Friends series, as well as “Emmet and Benny’s ‘Build and Fix’ Workshop” from The Lego Movie 2. Depending on consumer feedback, Lego will launch more audio and braille instructions in early 2020.

”This is extremely important for blind children because there aren’t a lot of places where we can say, ‘Look Mom and Dad! I built this on my own—I did this’” says Shifrin.

”For blind children, we don’t have access to what sighted kids are used to. Lego bricks enable us to learn about our environment, to see the world. It is so important because blind kids get left out of a lot of social stuff, especially in elementary school. But Lego building is one of the things we can do.”
— https://www.newsweek.com/lego-braille-instructions-blind-1456574

You can read more details on the program and how Shifrin motivated LEGO to expand their accessibility to the visually impaired in the Newsweek article.

Brick Tales, A Buildable #LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book

Check this LEGO Ideas project out!

Grant Davis and Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks teamed up to create a fully functional pop-up book that is built entirely out of LEGO bricks. You can help their idea become an an official LEGO product by being one of the 10,000 voters needed on LEGO Ideas.
— http://laughingsquid.com/a-fully-functional-pop-up-book-built-entirely-out-of-lego-bricks/

67 Years of #LEGO Sets In 10 Charts

July 21, 2016 | Joel Carron — Customer Success Analyst at Mode

A blogger with ModeAnalytics.com has used Rebrickable data to visualize 67 years of LEGO set history. The charts are interactive, so I can't embed them here. But they are definitely fascinating! I highly recommend following the link and playing with the data.

Some of the charts show information by piece per set, overall size, color palette, and more!

View all of the information at ModeAnalytics.com!

President of the Utah LUG is Building Disneyland in #LEGO

After visiting and finding inspiration in his own father's love for the theme park, Craig Bacigalupo decided recreating it with LEGO would be a great project with his children and grandchildren. They've been working on it for three years and it's grown from the train station alone to encompassing 10 x 10 feet of Main Street in LEGO brick.

The Lego Disneyland project will be on display at the Lego fan convention BrickSlopes, which takes place at Utah Valley University on June 24-25. In order to move the replica, the display will be taken apart into large pieces that can be easily reassembled at the location. It takes 22 boxes that are 36 inches long and 12 inches wide to transport the entire display.

The video features images of the project as well as Bacigalupo's enviable storage and work room.

Story and video via DeseretNews.com

LEGO Worlds Adds Online Multiplayer

Have you tried LEGO Worlds yet? Well there's a new reason to check it out.

After a year of block-building in Early Access, LEGO Worlds [official site] is finally adding online multiplayer as part of Update 6. A beta version is now live so you and one pal can partner up/fall out forever in each other’s worlds, making use of the update’s other additions – such as a first-person camera view and grappling hooks – as you see fit.

Check out more details at RockPaperShotgun.com and watch the new trailer which recently debuted at the E3 gaming convention.