The next time your kid has his or her room a complete mess with lego, you might want to let them be.
There`s a good chance that Shubham Banerjee, a California seventh grader, did the same before he created a braille printer out of Lego for a science fair project.
NCC news reports, Braille printers cost about $2,000 but Banerjee`s comes in at around $350.
That`s what he paid for a Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit along with a few dollars of hardware from Home Depot, cnet.com reported.
It says Banerjee took a basic, pre-existing pattern for a printer and reworked it with new software and hardware enhancements to print out letters in braille.
[caption id="attachment_80485" align="alignright" width="640"] Shubham spent four weeks working on the project at his family's kitchen table, sometimes late into the night.[/caption]
He calls his creation the Braigo.
The Braigo's controller is set up to scroll through the alphabet, cnet explains. You choose a letter and it prints it out with tactile bumps on a roll of calculator paper. The print head is actually a thumbtack, which Banerjee settled on after also testing a small drill bit and a mechanical pencil.
Banerjee, who has relatives in Toronto, has even been praised by LEGO.
The Lego Group voiced their praise for the project, tweeting: "We're very proud. Impressive work for a great cause!"
[caption id="attachment_80486" align="alignright" width="640"] Shubham Banerjee created a Braille printer out of a $350 Lego Mindstorms kit.
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