Legos and Braille: What Do They Have in Common?


By Charlie DeWitts

Shubham Banerjee is only thirteen years old and he has already started up his own Silicon Valley company. You see, one day he began to get curious on how blind people were able to read. His parents told him to look it up, and he did just that. Soon, he became appalled by the information that braille can cost 2,000 dollars a sheet. He decided that there had to be a better way. Combining his love of Legos and a sense of entrepreneurship, he’s now set to change the world.

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9 Comments

  1. Stingray says:

    What a great idea. 2K for a braille printer puts them out of reach of a lot of people. Perhaps they’ll come down in price now there’s competition.

  2. Bri Robson says:

    Hard to believe this kid is only thirteen, what a mogul! My aunt had poor sight for the last ten years of her life and she never had the chance to learn to read braille, so this is great. Blindness is an often forgotten disability.

  3. Garrett7160 says:

    Who would have thought of building something like that out of Legos? Only a thirteen year kid! Amazing that he came up with this. All he needed was some imagination and the drive to do it.

  4. Isaiah says:

    That is so cool. This kid is off to a great start. Who knew that having a love for Legos could lead into something as inventive as a Braille printer? I would like to see how far this young man will go in life.

  5. Guest says:

    Only a kid is, right! Leave it to a kid to revolutionize something like this and make things better for so many people. I hope he has great success!

  6. JFlats says:

    Smart kid. It’s kind of cool that he used his Legos to build the reader. I didn’t realize it cost so much for a Braille printer. I hope he continues to do well in the future in whatever he goes into.

  7. Taco55 says:

    I didn’t realize that it cost that much for a Braille printer either. That is just crazy. I wonder if health insurance covers any part of this?

  8. Taco55 says:

    Imagination is wonderful, if we all only used ours a bit more. Just think of all of the possibilities and things we could discover, make and design. What a great kid.

  9. Taco55 says:

    I agree that blindness is often overlooked. I also think that being deaf is overlooked too. What an amazing kid. This kid is going to make millions.

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