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Microsoft’s Code Jumper makes programming physical for children with visual impairments

Microsoft merely dumped a whole cluster of word in time for the BETT education show. The most interesting bit of the cluster, nonetheless, is maybe Code Jumper. The tethered equipment maneuver is design to teach children who are blind or have otherwise impaired see how to code.

The device is a continuation of Project Torino, which the company announced back in early 2017. Microsoft’s Cambridge, U.K. laboratory designed a “physical programming language, ” which assignment kids with build planneds by connecting husks.

“The project came about after the team learned the more popular move to inserting young children to coding, ” the company writes, “usually announced obstruct coding, was not accessible fairly because it couldn’t be read readily , not even with assistive technology such as a screen reader or magnifier.”

Microsoft is conveying both the research and tech to the American Printing House for the Blind, which is expected to form the commodity available to Australia, Canada, India, the U.K. and the U.S. in 2019. Additional countries will get access in the coming years.

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