Posts tagged ‘Braille’

12-year-old builds low cost Lego braille printer

When i was at school i could think of nothing more terrible than competing in the science fair, partially cause it involved putting in extra hours and partly because there was always this one Asian kid who i could never beat. I’ve always lived with a ‘if you’re not first, you’re last’ sort of attitude, Ricky Bobby actually got that advice from me 😉

Well, because of Jessica Sho, i was always last. Seems we have another little Jessica Sho over in America just inventing braille printers out of Lego and making all the other kids look bad. His name is Shubham Banerjee and i want to adopt him.

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Shubham Banerjee, a kid from the US, decided that $2000 was just too much to pay for a braille printer. He decided to tackle that challenge for his local science fair and the result is called the Braigo – a better, more affordable way to print braille, using Lego.

The better way he came up with involved the clever use of a $350 Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit along with some over the counter hardware. He took a basic, preexisting pattern for a printer and reworked it with new software and hardware enhancements to print out letters in braille. This is how it works.

Smart kid. I want him.

This is the close up pic of his final design. The first prototype isn’t very fast, but it proves the concept works. Banerjee is working on improvements that will allow it to print full pages of text.

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