13-Year-Old Becomes Millionaire After Designing Braille Printer From Legos

For a science fair project, young Shubham Banerjee decided to take on a new idea. As he states, “I took a plunge into the land of darkness experienced by the visually impaired in January 2014, after a flyer arrived in the mail from a charity asking my parents for a donation. I then started my journey into the world of darkness, with a hope to bring light to the visually impaired.”

13-Year-Old Becomes Millionaire After Designing Braille Printer From Legos
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At only 13 years old, Shubham studied and did his research

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13-Year-Old Becomes Millionaire After Designing Braille Printer From Legos
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He states, “Just before going to bed one night, I studied online literature about Braille and its variants. There were approximately 285 million visually impaired people worldwide, and some 90 percent of them live in developing countries. I found out that Braille printers/embossers are very costly, with a price tag of $2,000 and upwards, and many millions of people across the world have limited access to them.”

13-Year-Old Becomes Millionaire After Designing Braille Printer From Legos
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So he worked and worked and created a Braille printer. The kicker, he made it entirely out of Legos.

13-Year-Old Becomes Millionaire After Designing Braille Printer From Legos
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Here is the Lego kit that he used to build it. It’s called the Lego Mindstorms EV3.

13-Year-Old Becomes Millionaire After Designing Braille Printer From Legos
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Here are some of the parts he used.

13-Year-Old Becomes Millionaire After Designing Braille Printer From Legos
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This is the part that holds the “brain” of the product.

13-Year-Old Becomes Millionaire After Designing Braille Printer From Legos
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Here is his initial prototype.

13-Year-Old Becomes Millionaire After Designing Braille Printer From Legos
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13-Year-Old Becomes Millionaire After Designing Braille Printer From Legos
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Impressed by his product and vision, Intel contacted him and told him that they would be investing in his company. This makes Banerjee the youngest entrepreneur ever funded by a VC firm.

Now at 14 years old, he is the owner of a multi-million dollar company Braigo Labs Inc and continues to work to find cost-effective solutions to the Braille printer.

He also presented at the Intel Capital Summit. You can watch the entire video here:

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