Thursday, January 26, 2017


By Alyssa Paquin
Edited By Guin Cote
13 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.

Version 1.0

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.

Braigo v1.0

Version 2.0

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:

1 comment:

  1. Dear Ms. Paquin,

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