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Rejoice! Unicode Introduces New Emoji - Like a Wheelchair! And Garlic!

07 February 2019

The 2019 set includes a deaf person signing, a mechanical (or prosthetic) arm, and a person in a wheelchair.

The proposal was validated by the Unicode consortium, which distributes emojis across mobile devices. This follows complaints by Apple that very few emojis spoke to the experience of people with disabilities.

Also included are circles and squares in new colors, a brown heart, hindu temple, diya lamp, ringed planet, drop of blood, parachute, ballet shoes, axe, adhesive bandage, diving mask, chair, banjo, razor, stethoscope, kite, and yo-yo.

If you already have trouble finding the exact emoji you're looking for, well, things are about to get a tad more complex.

As our country continues to grow and become more welcoming and inclusive, our technology is slowly but surely following suit.

Roughly nine months after announcing a list of 104 candidates for Emoji 12.0, the Unicode Consortium has revealed its 59 final selections, which will release March 5th. As mentioned by the Emojipedia blog post, these 230 new emojis are finalised and will be coming to Android, iOS and other users.

Flamingo, sloth, skunk, orangutan, and otter emoji will be available for animal lovers out there.

"You see people are asking for curly hair, different skin tones, bald heads, a hijab", said Jennifer Lee, who serves on Unicode's emoji subcommittee.

"Some of you petty women are going to love this new pinching hand emoji", one woman tweeted.

Here is how Twitter has reacted to the new emojis. The Consortium created sample images for all these emoji but Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc. make their own versions.

Rejoice! Unicode Introduces New Emoji - Like a Wheelchair! And Garlic!