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Designers Create New Inventions For Braille Users

Braille is a printed communication system used by blind and visually impaired individuals.

Shubham Banerjee has created a Braille printer that has gained worldwide attention for its ingenuity and real world application. Impressively, the printer is made from repurposed Lego pieces.

Titled Braigo, the system is made from the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit, which costs about $350. Banerjee stated that the retail price for a standard Braille printer can be upwards of $2,000. With such a decreased price, Banerjee’s invention could enable more Braille users to be able to print materials.

What is even more impressive than his resourceful device is the fact that he has accomplished this design at the age of 12.

The Lego creation can replicate the Braille alphabet and print it out. Letters take about 7 seconds to print out, and can be placed together to make words. The software for the printer can be altered, and Banerjee reported that he will work on programming numbers into the Braigo also.

Banerjee intends to make his development an open-source application, so the design will be freely available.

Working with Legos can lead to some interesting developments, but this may just take the prize for an outstanding Lego construction.

Check out his creative Braigo printer:

Sumit Dagar, another resourceful designer, has developed a concept for a Braille smartphone. The award winning idea for the Braille Phone Project has a reactive display panel that is tailored specifically for blind users.

The grid like display can produce text in Braille, as well as showing other things like maps and different forms. The Braille smartphone will reportedly show very detailed materials, delivering on graphics and spatial positioning.

These promising applications make technological advancements available to a wider group, and hearing about such inventive designs is certainly interesting.

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