5 Nov 2014
Last updated during 17:05
Mr Banerjee’s strange Braille printer was done out of Lego robotics parts
A 13-year-old child from California has cumulative appropriation from Intel to move a low-cost Braille printer to market.
Intel has not disclosed a accurate sum it is giving to Shubham Banerjee, though a Reuters news group reported it was “a few hundred thousand dollars”.
The teen rose to inflection after display off a antecedent chronicle done with Lego kit, during a White House, when he was aged only 12.
Only a minority of blind people use Braille.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) estimates that about 4% of visually marred children and immature people in England now use it.
Even so, a gift greeted a news.
“We acquire investment in record that aims to urge bland life for blind and partially sighted people, and generally extol this shining beginning from such a immature entrepreneur,” pronounced Clive Gardiner, RNIB’s conduct of reading and digital services.
Mr Banerjee showed off an early chronicle of Braigo v2.0 in September
“Electronic Braille has good potential, though has been hindered to date by high device costs for users.
“New innovations for low-cost Braille printers such as this one… can renovate reading choices for people with steer detriment who review Braille.
“We demeanour brazen to conference some-more about a progress.”
Until now, Mr Banerjee’s association – Braigo Labs – had relied on $35,000 (£21,920) value of money from his relatives to spin what was creatively a scholarship satisfactory plan into a correct Silicon Valley start-up.
The strange Braigo v1.0 printer used Lego’s Mindstorms EV3 robotics pack as good as tools from a internal home renovations store.
Users wrote content around an trustworthy keypad, that a appurtenance afterwards converted into Braille, bashing out a lifted bumps on a corkscrew of paper.
The invention won Mr Banerjee several awards and a place during a White House’s initial Maker Faire in June, attended by President Barack Obama.
He has given begun work on a follow-up version, that is powered by Intel’s budget-priced Edison chip and uses 3D-printed parts.
Intel announced a investment in Braigo Labs during an eventuality in California
“It is reduction power-hungry and has a destiny possibilities of regulating batteries… in remote places of a world,” Mr Banerjee said when he showed off a work-in-progress during an eventuality hosted by Intel in September.
“The capabilities of Edison enabled me to do a whole set of use cases we hadn’t formerly suspicion about.
“For example, when we arise adult in a morning we demeanour during a smartphone or inscription to see a title news.
“With Edison, we’ve set it adult so a CNN headlines are printed off automatically each morning.”
The teen hopes in time to sell a blurb indication that will cost around $350 – about a fifth of a cost of a lowest-cost alternatives.
But while he is one of a youngest tech entrepreneurs to find success, he is not dedicating his life to a plan during this stage.
“It’s an after-school thing,” he told Reuters.
Such investments can make good business clarity for vast tech firms.
Yahoo gained both a plan arch and a lot of certain broadside when it employed British app developer Nick D’Aloisio in 2013, when he was 17-years-old.