Shubham Banerjee Develops Braille Printer Using Legos
Shubham Banerjee, a sighted individual, developed BRAIGO, a Braille printer using Lego Mindstorms EV3. It is estimated BRAIGO can sell for $350. Many Braille printers sell for $2,000. While the Lego printer can sell for about 1/6 the price of price of a Braille printer blind people question its real value.
Jimmy Thomas is blind and a Braille user for 15 years. He says, “I need tp know more about BRAIGO’s durability, productivity and printer quality before I sing its praises” He cautions the media to know the ins and outs of Braille and Braille printers before they crown BRAIGO.
The World Health Organization estimates there are nearly 300 million visually impaired and blind people worldwide. The overwhelming majority lives in developing countries. Most of these people can’t afford $2,000 to buy a printer. Most of them probably can’t afford the $350.
Banerjee’s used the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit costing $349 and some add-ons from Home Depot costing $5
The project uses the base reference model known as Banner Print3r and was redesigned with totally new software to print the letters A-Z. The project is named BRAIGO v1.0, short for Braille with LEGO.
Banerjee wishes to make this project open source with the design and software readily available for public consumption free of charge.
Banerjee was born in Hasselt, Belgium, to Indian parents. He attends Champion School in San Jose where he is in the seventh grade.