10 Rubik’s Cubes Specially Designed For the Blind
The timeless Rubik’s Cube has been stumping kids and grown-ups for decades. Now with special enhancements to the individual blocks, the visually impaired can use their sense of touch to try and solve this challenging puzzle. Here are a few creative examples of how a Rubik’s Cube can be converted into a puzzle for the blind:
- The Rubik’s Touch Cube – A retail product sold online for $16.99, the Rubik’s Touch Cube uses 6 distinct shape embossed on each color to help the blind identify the blocks.
- The Accessible Cube – By making the six sides obviously different with large enhancements like screws and plugs, the blind can read the squares both by texture and shape.
- Braille Cube – the Braille Cube simply embosses tactile Braille stickers over the colored ones for blind people to read. The only problem with this concept is being able to continue to read the Braille inscriptions as the squares are turned about.
- Rubik Cube for Blind by Zhiliang Chen- Using six distinct materials, metal, wood, textile, rubber, plastic and stone, a blind person can use their sense of touch to help in solving the puzzle.
- Metal Rubik’s Cube – Using distinct metal shapes like raised flowers, circles, and squares, an ordinary Rubik’s Cube is transformed into a work of art that is also accessible as a game for the vision impaired.
- Acrylic Rubik’s Cube – Custom made, this puzzle was enhanced for the blind using clear acrylic tiles with raised shapes instead of flat colored stickers.
- Shape Cube – Like the Touch Cube, the Shape Cube relies on raised shapes to differentiate the colors.
- Button Cube – Buttons come in all shapes and sizes and are easy to adhere with glue to the plastic blocks of a Rubik’s Cube.
- Braille/Blind Friendly Rubik’s Cube – Six distinct raised shapes were cut from translucent acrylic and then affixed over an original Rubik’s Cube. You can visit here and have one especially made for you for $100.
- Custom Made Rubik’s Cube – A blind man who lost his sight after cataract surgery modified his own Rubik’s Cube using pieces from his daughter’s toy collections. With these enhancements he has been able to successfully solve the puzzle.
A Rubik’s Cube is a relatively easy puzzle toy to modify and make accessible for blind individuals to enjoy. Using different shapes, textures and even objects, the blind can “see” the squares by reading them with their fingers and then be challenged just as we are, to put them all back in their rightful position.
You can make your own using a strong adhesive and patches of different textiles like silk, denim, leather, lace, cotton and suede. Or simply used raised dots to distinguish the different sides. So long as the blind person can tell the difference easily with their fingers, they will be able to work at solving the puzzle.
These types of enhancements to popular toys and games allow for a blind person to enjoy the same types of activities that the sighted do. Introduce your blind loved one to the challenge of a Rubik’s Cube and you may find that you have a hard time getting them to put it down.