Diversity Connections: Google Doodle pays tribute to Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake

The doodle from March 18, 2019
March 20, 2019

On March 19, 2019, Google paid tribute to a Japanese inventor who greatly impacted the disability community. His invention, the tenji block, changed the way the visually impaired interact with the world. When Seiichi Miyake found out a close friend was losing the ability to see clearly, he wanted to help. That desire led to an entirely new way for the visually impaired to navigate big cities, railways and parks.

In 1965, Miyake invented the tactile paving slab (or “tenji block” in Japan) with his own money. Monday’s Google Doodle celebrates the introduction of the block 52 years ago. Read the full article here

By Jackson Ryan, C|Net

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