A Braille printer built with Legos by a 13 year old boy has attracted attention, and high praise from associations of blind people.
Not only has Shubham Banerjee developed a Lego robotics Braille printer, he has become an entrepreneur, launching his own company to develop low cost machines to print Braille. His startup, Braigo Labs, has attracted investment from Intel Corporporation.
Last year, Shubham built a Braille printer with a Lego robotics kit as part of a school science fair projects. He asked his parents “How do blind people read?” Their answer was to Google it. So he started his online researchy. He was shocked to find out that embossers, which are Braille printers, cost at least $2000. He felt that this was way too expensive for most blind readers.
“I just thought that price should not be there. I know that there is a simpler way to do this,” said Shubham