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The 12-Year-Old Who Designed A Low-Cost Braille Printer From Legos

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Braille printers cost $2000 each! This kid used a robot kit and some pushpins to make a prototype of a sub-$150 printer. Sounds like his dad is pretty savvy about business and gave him good advice on that side.

Why would a 12-year-old want to make a Braille printer?

“Over 200 million people in the world are blind and 90 percent of them are living in developing countries. And, a lot of people can’t afford the costly machines available in the market. So, can’t we do something about the cost?” Banerjee says.

The Californian failed 7 times before building a LEGO Mindstorm prototype that worked!

Watch it in action:


Banerjee spoke with NPR regarding his device, claiming that in the future he'd like to aim toward a career as either an "engineer, surgeon, or scientist," but he was leaning toward becoming an engineer. The Braigo printer has a Facebook pagefor updates, and it's replete with heartwarming commentary from Banerjee's family and friends. The kids areall right, after all.


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