Original article published in The Guardian, on the 25th of January 2015.
Shubham Banerjee a 13 year old Silicon Valley entrepreneur, hacked a 200 million market through the seemingly endless power of Lego. Shubham has been playing with Lego since he was two years old. While others may consider Lego a toy but Shubham, precocious even by Silicon Valley’s standards, considers it a tool for technological innovation. The eighth-grader used Lego to create a low-cost Braille printer that he designed over long evenings at his family’s kitchen table. The idea is to print Braille reading materials from a personal computer or electronic device on to paper using raised dots instead of ink. He also hopes – though this remains science fiction for now – to develop refreshable digital Braille, so the blind can read tablets and laptops. His startup, Braigo Labs, has received undisclosed seed capital from backers who think it could shake up the market for the visually impaired.
While this is the incredible story of an exceptional entrepreneur the article also highlights the importance for prototyping. Please read the full article here.