Shubham Banerjee has played with Legos ever since he was two. So it was only natural that when he created a new invention, he used Legos to build it. But what did he invent?
Shubham was twelve when he saw a flyer asking for money to help blind people. Curious about one thing, he asked his parents: How do blind people read? Look it up, they said. Shubham did and found that blind people use Braille - a system of writing that uses raised dots on paper to stand for letters. Shubham was shocked to find that Braille printers often cost $2000 or more. He felt sure that he could make a printer for much less. Using a $350 Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics kit and a few parts from a local hardware store, Shubham worked for over 3 months, creating a small portable Braille printer. He named it Braigo (Braille+Lego), and displayed it at his school’s science fair. Soon people started noticing the new invention. Shubham received several awards and was even invited to the White House to show Braigo at the Maker Faire!
Shubham decided to begin a company (named Braigo Labs) with a $35,000 investment from his father, and began work on a better Braille printer. The company Shubham’s father works for, Intel, was so impressed with Shubham’s invention that they invested several hundred thousand dollars in Braigo. Though Braigo Labs is doing well, Shubham does not plan to stay there long - he hopes to go to college and become a medical engineer. Who knows what else he might achieve!