When I was 13 I was still trying to figure out how to draw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that looked like the 80’s cartoons. That was my major accomplishment for the 13th year I lived on this planet and I was pleased with myself.
I guess some of us just have more ambitious plans at that age because for a science fair project, 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee created a Braille printer out of a Lego robotics kit. Now, Braille printers exist but they cost $2,000 or more so Shubham wondered if there was a cheaper alternative. He built his prototype out of Lego, a printer and an Intel chip with wifi and bluetooth and called it the Braigo (an amalgamation of LEGO and Braille).
After showing the prototype to Intel, the chipset maker decided to invest an undisclosed sum of money into producing the printer. His mom is the CEO with his father on the board of directors and they hired several professionals as well as an industrial design firm to help develop a product that they can manufacture.
Oh, and he won that science fair.
Check out how it works in the video below!