The World Health Organization reports that there are roughly 285 million visually impaired Braigo Labs people around the globe, and 90 percent of them live in developing countries. Shubham Banerjee is a 14-year old entrepreneur whose ingenuity can help change the lives of visually impaired people.
In 2014, Banerjee invented the world’s first low cost portable braille printer using LEGO bricks. His invention was named the 2014 Technology Innovation of the Year by the UK’s Trusted Reviews. Since then he has founded his own company Braigo Labs, and now has financial backing from a global tech giant.
One afternoon, after checking the family mail, Banerjee noticed a flyer calling for donations to the visually impaired. He researched braille and the production of braille printers and discovered just how expensive these printers could be. Like many children, Banerjee grew up playing with LEGO bricks. After his research, he thought that LEGOS could be the perfect tool to help solve this problem of cost.
Banarjee’s invention is open sourced and his goal is to allow anyone to make the printer themselves. Braigo Labs is funded by Intel, making Banarjee the youngest entrepreneur ever to receive venture capital investment for a start-up. However, the success of his invention has not prevented him from being a normal teenager.
Shubham Banerjee sits down with Mike Walter to discuss his invention and gives a demo of the capabilities of the Braigo printer.