Braigo v2.0 - Braille printer and embosser for the visually impaired

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    (Pic: Shubham Banerjee with Braigo v2.0 at IDF14)

     

     

    Braigo v2.0 is a Braille printer/embosser that promises to disrupt the Braille printing industry.

    1. World’s first most light weight portable Braille printer/embosser device
    2. World’s most affordable personal Braille printer/embosser device
    3. World’s first IOT enabled Braille printer/embosser
    4. World’s first most silent Braille printer/embosser

     

    The Mega Session can be viewed on Intel's website (skip to 25:41 mins into the video for Braigo v2.0)

     

     

     

     

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    (Pic: Shubham Banerjee with Henry Wedler with Braigo v2.0 at IDF14)

     

     

    Edison was the perfect choice for being connected to the cloud/internet and at the same time reduces the BOM price by not using separate components/drivers. It’s less power hungry and has the future possibilities of using batteries for using in remote places of the world. The design uses new (patent pending) technology and also using Edison opens up the possibility to potentially use the same mechanism for other assistive technology products, like a refreshable reader and a display. A visually impaired person with limited abilities to install drivers or programs can be eliminated through backend cloud for upgrades in software without any user interface.

     

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    (Pic:Braigo v2.0 at IDF14)

     

     

    Excerpts from his own words:

     

    " I didn’t expect that there will be so much of an impact from my science fair project where I build a Braille printer from a Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit. A simple flyer at our door step asking for donations for the blind triggered my thought into investigating about braille and braille printers and how much it costs. Around $2000 and up. After I read about the WHO reports of more than 50 million legally blind people in this world and more than 200 million on the verge of being blind. I was a bit surprised that due to whatever reasons we are limiting access to a very basic technology to help visually impaired people to read information which we take for granted in this information age. Take for example the news from CNN, I can get RSS feeds giving me latest information. But the visually impaired person will have to rely on different people to tell them what is going on in this world. That’s when I decided, I should try and do something about the high cost. I love Legos and decided to make a DIY Braille printer from the EV3 kit to show everyone that technology can also be delivered cheap and may not be costly. The surprise was the news cycle picked up my invention.

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    (Pic: Shubham Banerjee on stage with Mike Bell at the Keynote in IDF14)

     

    After the release of version 1.0, I received a lot of feedback and comments on ideas and use cases. I already announced that come this summer vacation I will be working on version 2.0, which will be a consumer facing. That means, anybody can buy it off the shelf. I wanted to incorporate all the feedback I received and wanted to have a connected device where with less number of components and possibly a new and cheaper way to print in braille. Visually impaired people should have a seemless experience and don’t have to go through a lot of different steps to take a printout. Remember the CNN news feed, I talked about. It would be so great that when a visually impaired person wakes up in the morning, he gets his top news delivered in braille on his desktop at home. Reducing the number of components is key, because I can save cost. Making it light weight was also another consideration. Making it almost silent would be amazing, since visually impaired person has a heightened sense for noise. Above all connected to the internet always for software updates and information download without any intervention. I am in middle school and I was aware that my knowledge on so many different components and electronics is also limited. Believe it or not, the printer that you see runs on Edison, a H-bridge and couple of wires connected to multiple different motors. That’s the electronics I am talking about, it helps to work with less number of components so that I don’t have to manage multiple different drivers and programs and inter-operability issues. Also I can use Edison as a server, I can update programs like I am doing on my computer hard disk and the internal memory of Edison is really helpful – otherwise I would have to learn about memory connections and circuits".

      

    For more details about this project and progression checkout www.braigolabs.com