Braigo: A Braille Printer Made From Legos June 18, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, product design, Reading / Literacy – Tags: braille
Shubham Banerjee is 12 years old and lives in Santa Clara, California. When someone left a flyer on his doorstep asking for donations for the visually impaired he began thinking of ways he could help. Once he found out that a Braille printer cost about $2000 and that about 90% of the visually impaired live in developing counties he went to work.
He went straight to his Lego’s and began building. After lots of experimenting and 7 failed models Banerjee unleashed his new invention, Braigo (a mash up of Braille and Lego), at a science fair.
How does it work?
Push up pins act as the print head and push Braille characters onto the paper. A controller helps to scroll and choose the required alphabet. Braigo takes 5-7 seconds to print one letter.[youtube]http://youtu.be/0YfnKB1zWOU[/youtube]
Wow! Great stuff.