Baku. 21 January. REPORT.AZ/ In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee, Report informs citing foreign mass media.
The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his start-up, Braigo Labs.
Shubham built a Braille printer with a Lego robotics kit as a school science fair project in 2014 after he asked his parents a simple question - How do blind people read? “Google it,” they told him.
Shubham then did some online research and was shocked to learn that Braille printers, also called embossers, cost at least $2,000 too expensive for most blind readers, especially in developing countries.
“I just thought that price should not be there. I know that there is a simpler way to do this,” said Shubham.
Shubham wants to develop a desktop Braille printer that costs around $350 and weighs just a few kilograms, compared with current models that can weigh more than nine kilograms. The machine could be used to print Braille reading materials on paper, using raised dots instead of ink, from a personal computer or electronic device.
“My end goal would probably be having most of the blind people using my Braille printer,” said Shubham.