A low cost Braille printer invented by 13-year old Shubham

Shubham Banerjee with Braigo printer

Many of us do not know how do people with blindness read the printed material. Even the same question is in the mind of 13-year old Shubham Banerjee. He has done some research and was shocked to know that the braille printers are too expensive. Realising the fact that most of the people with disabilities live in developing countries, he thought that braille printers costing more than 2000 USD will not be affordable for them. He didn’t stop there. As part of his school science fair project he started building it with a Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit.

With the initial investment of 35000 USD from his father Neil, Shubham started his firm BraigoLabsExternal Website at the age of 13. On a roll: Last month, tech giant Intel Corp. invested in his startup, Braigo Labs, making the 8th grader the youngest entrepreneur to receive venture capital funding. Shubham being too young, his mother will be taking charge as CEO of BraigoLabsExternal Website.

Shubham Banerjee

‘My end goal would probably be having most of the blind people using my Braille printer,’ said Shubham, an Indian origin, who lives in the Silicon Valley suburb of Santa Clara, just minutes away from Intel’s headquarters. He hopes to sell the device for 350 USD so that individuals from developing nations can also make use of the device.

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