22 Jan '15, 9pm

Boy, 13, Builds #Braille #Printer with #Legos, Starts Company

Boy, 13, Builds #Braille #Printer with #Legos, Starts Company

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- 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. Shubham built a Braille printer with a Lego robotics kit as a school science fair project last year after he asked his parents a simple question: How do blind people read? "Google it," they told him. Shubham then did some online research and was shocked to learn that Braille printers, also called embossers, cost at least $2,000 - too expensive for most blind readers, especially in developing countries. "I just thought that price should not be there. I know that there is a simpler way to do this," said Shubham, who demonstr...

Full article: http://www.ecnmag.com/news/2015/01/boy-13-builds-braille-...

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