Google changes Doodle honor Seiichi Miyake: Father works for visually impaired people

More than 5 decades ago, Seiichi Miyake created a revolution for blind people when participating in traffic. So who is Seiichi Miyake?

Today March 18, 2019, Google Doodle designed images to honor Seiichi Miyake. So who is Seiichi Miyake?

Seiichi Miyake and revolutionary invention for the visually impaired

Seiichi Miyake is a Japanese inventor. He is known for his work called "Tactile Block" (or "Tenji Bricks", "Tactile Bricks") for visually impaired people when they join in traffic.

If the braille of French inventor Louis Braille can help blind people read, tactile bricks of Seiichi Miyake can help blind people to participate in safe traffic.

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Inventor Seiichi Miyake.

Stemming from the desire to help my blind friend can easily identify safety and dangerous warnings on the way, in 1965, Seiichi Miyake used his money to create tactile bricks.

The invention of Seiichi Miyake from personal desires (helping visually impaired friends) quickly spread around the world and became a powerful "revolution" of how visually impaired people navigate the public spaces above. Global.

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Google Doodle image honoring Seiichi Miyake on the homepage today March 18.(Source: Google Doodle).

Two years after the tactile bricks of Seiichi Miyake were born, Okayama City (western Japan) was the first place to install this invention for visually impaired people.

10 years later, thanks to its benefits and usability, tactile bricks became mandatory works in the Japan National Railway.


Other countries around the world start studying Japan and install this tactile tile to support self-mobility for the visually impaired.

Today, we can easily see that tactile tiles appear widely in China, Korea, and cities of other countries such as Germany (Frankfurt), France (Paris), Belgium (Brussels), Ha Lan (Amsterdam), United Kingdom (London) .

So how does "Tactile Brick" work?

Because of the space navigation and warning of upcoming dangers on the way, Seiichi Miyake invented two kinds of tactile bricks:

  • Type of tactile tiles with round dots : It works to warn visually impaired people about upcoming dangers on the way. They are installed at the curb, the edge of the road crossing, manholes, platforms .
  • Tactile tiles with a bar : Provide orientation for visually impaired people, so that they know that they are following a safe path ahead.

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Tactile bricks have the effect of navigating space as well as warning of upcoming dangers.(Source: Google Doodle).

A powerful tool for determining tactile tiles on the road for visually impaired people is a white stick (or a support stick) . In addition, blind people can bring a guide dog or feel the floating edge of tactile tiles through their shoes.

Thanks to the useful work of the visually impaired, helping them feel confident when participating in traffic, today, Google Doodle honored Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake on the homepage, displaying the style of the exposed bricks. Sensory touch on familiar yellow background.

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