Asian Pacific American Heritage Award Honoree: Shubham Banerjee

The Asian Americans for Community Involvement and NBC Bay Area would like to honor, Shubham Banerjee, as one of their Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Award winners.

At 12-years-old, Shubham Banerjee, who attends San Jose’s Champion School, invented what he now calls the “Braigo.” After learning how expensive Braille printers were, he spent four weeks fitting together Legos pieces with robotic parts until he had created his Braille reader. Shubham first got the idea to pursue his creation when he saw a flyer that was asking for donations to help the blind. His curiosity led him to the internet where he researched about how blind people read. That’s when he discovered how expensive Braille printers can be and decided to try and make one.

Shubham’s Braigo made its debut at his school’s science fair and is currently the only prototype that exists. He has shared the detailed instructions on how to build one for everyone and made it open source.

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