Microsoft's New Code Jumper Will Now Let Visually Impaired Children Learn Programming

Going with the belief that learning code is one of the most essential skills that everyone should know today, Microsoft is now making computer science possible for the visually impaired children as well. The company has recently developed Dubbed Code Jumper, which lets such children learn programming by connecting blocks together.

Microsoft has recently been working closely with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to promote physical programming language for children who are blind. After nearly a struggle of two years, this association has finally come out with Code Jumper as Project Torino in its research lab which will now let students between the age of seven and eleven to get the basic understanding of computer codes.

The blocks resemble the size of a softball with bright colours. Each size will operate for a different command to make sure that children can connect them together to develop a program.

The prototype was well-received and it also stands as an improved version of the already existing block coding for the visually impaired, in which the issues like traditional screen readers or magnifiers were making it less effective.

Microsoft will soon hand off the project to APH as they are already eyeing to release Code Jumpers in Australia, Canada, India, UK, and the US this year.

With Project Torino, Microsoft creates a physical programming language inclusive of visually impaired children
Photo: Jonathan Banks / Microsoft

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