New Braille Printer Invented by Kid With Legos
When 13 year-old Shubham Banerjee first learned about Braille, he began researching it on the internet, as one does, only to discover that Braille printers cost about $2,000 USD. An outrageous price in this day and age for something so essential.
Fortunately for humanity, Banerjee had legos, which he used to (successfully) attempt to build a light and cheap braille printer for a school science project.
The prototype was built using a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics kit that he thinks he can produce for about $350, and thus Braigo [Braille + Lego] Labs was born with the help of a $35,000 investment from his father.
A second prototype, Braigo 2.0 was built that can translate electronic text into Braille before printing. After winning a few design awards, Banerjee managed to attract the attention of Intel executives who invested an undisclosed sum in the startup. Banerjee is quite possibly the youngest person to receive venture capital. The funds will be used to hire professional engineers and designers to build a printer based on the young teen’s early designs.
As Banerjee is too young to be CEO of his own organization, his mother has taken the job, which is adorable.
An adorable kid is using Legos, science, and his compassion to make the tech world more accessible; consider my faith in humanity quite restored.
Legos are the greatest toy ever and all children should play with them. The article above is proof. I will leave you with his hilariously on-point comic about Legos for girls by Maritsa Patrinos of Seasonal Depression.
Special shout out to my best friend Dana for sending this to me on Tumblr. That post has some cool gifs of the printer in action.
Source: IBN Live