ATG Quirkies: 13 Year Old Invents a Low Cost Braille Printer Using Legos

By Nbanerjee (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]  via Wikimedia Commons

By Nbanerjee (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

As this post from ABC News notes “in Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee.

The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.”

During his initial research, Shubham learned that current Braille printers run about $2000 and can weigh up to 20 lbs. Taking this as a challenge, Shubham and his new company hope “to develop a desktop Braille printer that costs around $350 and weighs just a few pounds…”

And to think, it all started when “Shubham built a Braille printer with a Lego robotics kit as a school science fair project.”

(To see Shubham’s  braille printer in action checkout the YouTube video BRAIGO – a bit more close up (The Print Head) – print speed 5-7 secs/letter )

(The source of ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)

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