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    Braille Machine made of Lego

    While Braille embossers -- or machines that render written words into tactile text -- are a resourceful tool for the visually impaired, they often come at a steep price, with most devices costing upwards of $2,000 and weighing at least 20 pounds.

    Enter 13-year-old entrepreneur Shubham Banerjee. The eighth-grader is aiming to disrupt the market with a machine he fashioned from a Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit -- a hardware and software package that enables users to create robots. Named the Braigo -- a portmanteau of the words braille and Lego -- the device is a $350 desktop machine that weighs just a few pounds. Initially concocted by Banerjee last year for a school science fair, the device’s second iteration, the Braigo 2.0, can now translate electronic text into braille and then print from a computer or mobile device. IBM has backed Shubham Banerjee financially.



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