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Meet Shubham Banerjee, Indian-Origin Teenager at Microsoft to Make Braille Printer

Shubham Banerjee with his Braigo 2. (Photo: Wikipedia.org)

Shubham Banerjee with his Braigo 2. (Photo: Wikipedia.org)

Shubham Baneerjee, who at 12 invented affordable Braille printer, has joined hands with tech giant Microsoft to incorporate his invention in Windows OS which will make the visually-impaired gain easy access to it.

The technology giant invited 13-year-old Banerjee, a student in Santa Clara, California, to display his Braigo 2.0 printer at a tech fair organised by the company in New York. The printer uses new technology and an Intel Edison chip.

Banerjee, who is receiving excellent reviews and support from experts for Braigo that he had developed using Lego Mindstorms EV3, a robotics kit, told Press Trust of India, “Participating in the fair and working with Microsoft has been an amazing experience and I am looking at ways to integrate the Windows technology with the printer as I prepare to launch it commercially by November this year.”

The price point for Braigo 2.0 Banerjee seeks to target is 500 dollars or less. The very idea of making a making a low-cost Braille printer, according to Banerjee, was high cost of the regular ones. He says he was shocked to learn that regular braille printers cost over $2,000.

Braigo 2 braille printer (Photo: Wikipedia.org)

Braigo 2 braille printer (Photo: Wikipedia.org)

It took seven attempts for Banerjee to make Braigo that cost him only $350 to build. “I achieved an 82 percent reduction in cost and have been overwhelmed by the encouraging feedback from both the sighted and the blind,” he was quoted in the blog.

However, with Braigo 2.0 this eighth-grader states that the product he is working on would be affordable for organisations working for the visually-impaired in developing and least developed countries.

Banerjee’s Braigo was featured at the first ever ‘White House Maker Faire’ in June 2014 to “celebrate a nation of makers and help empower America’s students and entrepreneurs to invent the future”. Even the White House invited Banerjee for developing a handy solution for blind and disadvantaged people across world.

Here’s a glance at Shubham Banerjee’s awards:


Year What From
2015 2015 Next Generation of STEM Leaders US News
2015 2015 Invention Award Popular Science
2015 20 under 20 Veckans Affärer
2015 40 under 40 Silicon Valley Business Journal
2014 Nominet Trust 100 Winner Nominet Trust
2014 Technology Innovation of the Year Trusted Reviews Time Inc. UK
2014 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child UNICEF publication (ISBN 978-92-806-4780-8) “Reimagine the Future: Innovation for every child”
2014 Certificate of Recognition California State Assembly Member Bob Wieckowski
2014 Best of America Readers Digest
2014 Winner of 2014 Synopsis Outreach Foundation n+1 Prize [31] Synopsis
2014 Lego Build 4 Good Challenge (Inspired by Braigo) – Seattle [32] Lego
2014 2014 Youth Innovator Award [33] OPEN Silicon Valley
2014 NBC & AACI APA Heritage Month Honoree 2014 [34] NBC & AACI
2014 Special Congressional Recognition Mike Honda
2014 Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Ribbon Maker Faire
2014 White House Maker Faire 2014 [35] White House
2014 The Queen Latifah Show & Lego Trophy The Queen Latifah Show
2014 Honorable Mention The Tech Awards

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