An educational toy helps improve tactile literacy in a fun and socially-engaging way.

The be-B, the recent winner of Design 21’s Game-Changers Competition, is an educational toy designed by Brooklyn’s Danielle Percora to help teach the Braille system to both blind and sighted users in a fun and socially active way.  The game consists of 26 magnetic pegs, representing each letter in Braille, that must be mounted to the ball’s corresponding circular indents through tactile feedback. The ball chimes as an indicator for a correctly assigned peg.  In a design challenge that asked to “create change by improving lives or inspiring new behaviors” Pecora’s idea beat submissions from designers and inventors from 29 countries.  The conceptual toy delivers on a tough feat to improve Braille literacy in an enjoyable and cognitively-stimulating way.

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