Accessible Rubik’s Cube
Designer Brian Doom’s creation may look odd, but it is quite possibly the most functional Rubik’s Cube ever created because it caters to both the sighted and visually impaired communities equally.
Doom’s design, which is based off of the classic Rubik’s Cube, adds–quite literally–a special touch. Instead of featuring only colors, Doom has added a tactile feature to each color so that anyone with a visual impairment can figure out the different patterns on the cube. The yellow squares have a rounded wooden knob attached to them, the white squares have a raised, rubber square attached, the blue square has a round, felt sticker stuck to it, the orange squares have a rounded plastic jewel glued to them, green squares have a small raised label stuck to them, and the red squares were painted black and have a small rounded screw raising out of the top of them. Red was changed to black so that it couldn’t be confused with orange.
Originally, this Frankenstein Rubik’s Cube was designed so that Brian could get an intuitive sense of where the squares moved as they spun around. But he realized that his additions made the puzzle accessible to anyone with a visual disability, and even to sighted people who may wish for a new challenge as they try to solve it in the dark.
Such a simple idea has turned into something that gives everybody an equal chance to play with one of the world’s classic puzzles.
To read the original article, please go to http://www.walyou.com/blog/2010/03/23/rubik%E2%80%99s-cube-of-doom/
Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind