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12 year old develops a low cost Braille printer using Lego - names it BRAIGO
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Developed by Shubham Banerjee, a 7th grade student from Santa Clara, California. 

BRAIGO - a Braille Printer using Lego Mindstorms EV3

According to WHO reports, there are estimated 285 million visually impaired people worldwide and 90% of which lives in developing countries. At this moment the cost of a brail printer is more than $2000 for a basic version, thus for many millions of people across the world have limited access. This project uses the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit costing $349 and some add-ons from Home-depot costing another $5 to prove that its feasible to make a brail printer for education purposes and schools that’s much cheaper. The project uses the base reference model known as Banner Print3r and was redesigned with totally new software to print letters A-Z. The project is named as BRAIGO v1.0 in short for Brail with LEGO. There are endless possibilities to add enhancements in software to make BRAIGO do a lot more. The student wishes to make this project open source, with the design and software readily available for public consumption free of charge. Thus giving a new tool in the hands of blind institutions or even parents with visually impaired children to use this printer at a 80% savings from commercially available products out there in the market.

Background: Shubham Banerjee was born in Hasselt, Belgium to Indian parents. He moved to San Jose, California when he was 3 years old. Later he moved to Santa Clara, Claifornia and completed his elementary schooling at Don Callejon School. He joined Magnolia Science Academy in Santa Clara in middle school for couple of months , before moving to Champion School in San Jose where is continuing his 7th grade. He continues to reside in Santa Clara, California.

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#9. … does a 12-year-old build a Braille printer from LEGOs (San Jose, California)
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#Braigo in a box. This guy has traveled a lot. Air hostesses complimented me for carrying a beauty kit. Security screening agents have done 3 time pass through X - Rays to understand what is inside, then give a big smile. I have some press article printouts in the box to show what it's about. Have been asked to take it out of the box outside the US to get #Braigo physically checked. One time had to make it run , like booting the computer at an airport , since it has batteries. Always got interesting looks :-) , now at Washington DC International airport preparing for another 22 hrs flight ! #nationofmakers , thank you +The White House and thank you +LEGO and thank you +Maker Faire and above all thank you President Barak Obama !! And of course thank you to all of you for all your encouragement and support.
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As articles about Maker Faire are coming to life, thank you so much to the mystery person who visited my booth and wrote about me from New Zealand....I know I was doing a Demo at that time  "My favorite example was Braigo, a truly impressive open source braille-printing machine created by Shubham Banerjee, a 12-year-old using Lego Mindstorm. What really surprised me is that despite the disruption to the production model (1/6th the cost of traditional braille printers) he was not looking to sell his tool. He was instead making his open code freely available. A truly humanitarian contribution. These makers are building to be part of humanity just as much as to exercise their creativity."

http://libraryfuture.com/2014/05/20/maker-faire-in-san-francisco-sparked-inspiration-information/
Getting infected by the can-do spirit at Maker Faire. I got off the plane from New Zealand and went straight to Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 where I saw individual makers, crafters, start-ups, and fam...
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Great Job Max. The goodness flows. see this video of a 4th grader recreating Braigo. Now I am waiting for enhancements and more perfections !!!!! 

"Max, a fourth grader worked 5 hours straight to recreate Shubham Banerjee, a 7th grade student from Santa Clara, California. BRAIGO. BRAIGO is a Braille Printer using Lego Mindstorms EV3. Love kids inspiring other kids! Great job Max and THANK YOU SHUBHAM!!!"
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Queen Latifah Shows off a Braille Printer made out of Legos - Queen Latifah gives a special award to 12 year old Shubham Banerjee who created a low cost Braille Printer out of Legos
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Nice job, cuz. That trophy looked cool!
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On invitation from the White House, I was among the more than 100 students, entrepreneurs, engineers, and researchers from 25 states — all of whom love to "Make" stuff to attend the first ever White House Maker Faire and witnessed President Obama declare June 18th as a National Day of Making through a proclamation. #NationofMakers
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#nationofmakers  +The White House Maker Faire 
  Shubham Banerjee, a 7th grade inventor,is  seen here with his incredible NXT braille printer called the Braigo. This fantastic invention that puts braille printing into the hands of people w...
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How to create a Braille print head from 1-1/4" 3.18 cm nails - experimentation is ON - long weekend helps 
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Got the heads in order and making dents on paper according to standards - total cost $1 + tools 
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My vision - a sub $150 braille portable embosser/printer available commercially that's fast and fits a letter /A4 size paper. A software that automatically translates pages /to braille and prints - free app download on your tablet or phone.
My idea to do crowdfunding is to get the prototype out and get some professional design help. Ideas available and possible. Would love to execute over summer holidays. Let's see.
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Editor's Choice Blue Ribbon at Bay Area Maker Faire 2014 !!!!!
Shubham Banerjee received Maker Faire Editor's Choice Ribbon at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2014. This was his first time participating in Maker Faire. He applied to Maker Faire at the time of his science fair project in February 2014. The staff of MAKE and Maker Faire award Maker Faire Editor's Choice Ribbons to the Makers that have demonstrated great creativity, ingenuity and innovation for their Maker Faire project. These ribbons are handed out a...
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