Teen Starts Company To Make Low-Cost Printers To Help Blind People

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.

For behind this incredible technology go here. 


Haptic Braille is a small mouse-like device designed by Baek Kil Hyun. Winner of the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2010, Haptic Braille allows you to scan any kind of printed material, recognize the characters through OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and translate the words of the text in Braille readable directly on the surface of the device. 

And although it will cost the ministry more money to have more textbooks in braille and in larger print, “the cost does not matter because there is a need”, the official said.

More braille books coming

An interesting quote from an article on braille and large print textbooks in Trinidad and Tobago. A lot of discussions in the US on accessibility focus on how accessible structures and programs will end up saving the government money or cost much less than people imagine. But the spokesperson from the Trinidad and Tobago Department of Education is saying that the cost isn’t important because people need accessibility.