By Alyssa Paquin
Edited By Guin Cote13 year-old Shubham Banerjee of Santa Clara, CA, has impacted many families of blind
people and blind people themselves. His invention, Braigo, is an inexpensive, lightweight,
machine that enables blind people to read. It creates Braille, tiny raised bumps in certain
patterns, that a blind person can learn to read. Current Braille printers run an average of $1,200,
but Banerjee’s only costs around $350. The lower price makes reading available to more blind
people than ever.
The first version of Braigo uses microprocessors and other components that use electricity, like
electric motors, actuators, and sensors. He first created Braigo v1.0 as a 7th grade science fair
project, which he won.
The second version, according to Banjeree, promises to be “the world's first - cheapest, silent,
IOT enabled and light weight braille printer or embosser using new patent pending technology
along with the Intel's Edison Chip with a development board to bring a consumer oriented braille
printer/embosser to the market” (Wikipedia). He wanted to create a more efficient Braille printer
that was easy to use and affordable.
Banerjee pictured with Braigo v2.0: