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Seventh grader gets big bucks for his braille printer for the blind

(Source: Braigo Labs) (Source: Braigo Labs)
We often bring you stories about young people doing simply amazing things. Well check this out: a 7th grader's "science project" could turn into a multi-million dollar business venture that's helping the blind.

And he's getting his support from one of the largest tech companies in the world.

Who would have known a Lego robotics kit could lead to a low cost braille printer?

It's the brain child of Shubham Banerjee, who is just 13. With money from his dad, Shubham built "Braigo."

This version is quieter, faster, and costs just $350. Braille printers typically cost around $2,000.

Shubham recently patented his printer and founded Braigo Labs.

"I don't really care about money. I just care about the lives I'm potentially helping," says Shubham

"He's trying to develop a product that is going to have a social impact," says his dad, Neil Banerjee

50 million people in the world are legally blind, including Lorraine Brown.

She has spent thousands on audio tools to help her communicate. She knows that having an affordable Braille printer on the market will be life-changing.

"He may be 13 in his body but he's extremely mature for his age," says Lorraine.

Tech giant Intel recently invested in Braigo Labs.

"This is the youngest founder investment we've ever done," says one Intel executive.

The money will help pay for product design and staff. Consumers can start buying Braigos later this year.

"I'm very happy to receive money to take this forward,” says Banerjee.

Banerjee is also in the process of making it possible for people to create their own Braigos, particularly in poorer countries.

Click here to check out Braigo's Facebook page.

To learn more about other innovations for the blind, click here to read about a braille smartphone, and click here to learn about a watch for the visually impaired.

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