The Inventor

Shubham Banerjee, a 13-year-old from California, isn’t your average science fair entrant. After learning about the Braille system and the high cost of the special printers (more than $2,000) that produce the raised dots, Shubham set out to create an affordable printer for the blind. Using LEGO blocks, receipt paper, and some superb programming skills, he created a functioning Braille printer which he named Braigo. The new printer costs less than $400 and has won a number of awards. To ensure that the printer is as affordable as possible, Shubham published free instructions online and kept the coding open-source so that others can improve upon it.

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