Shubham Banerjee turned a lego set and thumbtacks into a machine that could help millions…and he’s giving away the plans.
Many doom-and-gloomers predict the end of the world will transpire due to global population increases, as more stress is placed on resources and infrastructure. However, this flash of brilliance from a Californian 7th grader proves there may still be hope left.
Human ingenuity may not be the most reliable savior, but there is no denying the power of innovation.
Shubham Banerjee, 12 years old, adapted existing printer designs and paired his tweaked version with a piece of printing software. Armed with legos and a thumbtack, Banerjee built a Braille printer.
He calls it Braigo, and the most expensive piece of equipment used in constructing the device was the $350 Lego Mindstorms set.
Braille printers typically cost thousands, but instead of trying to profit from his breakthrough, Banerjee is providing his design on the internet.
By going open-source, Banerjee is encouraging collaborative scientific development and offering anyone a chance to build on and improve his design. That’s some forward thinking from the next generation.
Originally published at Elite Daily by Christian La Du