This 13 yr old Indian-origin boy is helping Microsoft in a unique way


Hi guys!!!!  Microsoft had invited a 13-year-old Indian-origin boy, Shubham Banerjee, to showcase his low-cost portable Braille printer.

Now, Banerjee is working with the technology giant to integrate the printer-Braigo 2.0-with Windows to make it easily accessible to the visually-impaired. The company plans to launch the printer commercially in November.

The eighth-grade student in Santa Clara, California showcased his Braigo 2.0 at a tech fair organised by the company here.

"Our relationship with Microsoft will help Braigo achieve a seamless experience for a visually-impaired person who wants to use a computer at home or at the office to print documents for offline reading," Banerjee said in Microsoft blog post.

He told news agency PTI that it was an amazing experience while participating in the fair and working with Microsoft. "I am looking at ways to integrate the Windows technology with the printer as I prepare to launch it commercially by November this year," he told PTI.

Banerjee is targeting a price point of 500 dollars or less for the printer to ensure its affordability in organisations working for the visually-impaired in developing and least developed nations.

"Also, think about the banks, the government institutions or even the libraries where Windows-based computers are widely used. They will all benefit from having a Braigo to provide accessibility services to their visually-impaired customers," Banerjee told the news agency.

The young student is being flooded with reviews and valuable support from experts for Braigo that he had developed using Lego Mindstorms EV3, a robotics kit.
The idea of developing such a printer came to him when he was working on a science fair project last year. He worked on the printer for almost one month and also did not lose focus from studies.

He said he was shocked to learn that braille printers cost over 2,000 dollars.
His father has supported him all this while. The printer uses new technology and an Intel Edison chip.


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