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12-Year-Old Builds Lego Braille Printer 49

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An anonymous reader writes "Shubham Banerjee, a seventh grader in California, has developed a braille printer made from a $350 Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit and some simple hardware. He calls the science fair project the Braigo. 'The Braigo's controller is set up to scroll through the alphabet. 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. The first prototype isn't terribly fast, but it proves the concept works. Banerjee is working on improvements that will allow it to print full pages of text.'"
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12-Year-Old Builds Lego Braille Printer

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 16, 2014 @09:55PM (#46263303)

    Yes it produces Braille... but 0.25 cps on 2 inch wide paper with the wrong dot spacing is not particularly useful. A printer that costs one tenth with one twentieth the performance is no breakthrough.
    The problem has never been about technology, braille embossers have been around for decades ... it's a problem of volume. Unless dual use technology (assistive and mainstream) for either embossers or refreshable displays are used the cost will always be very high.

  • Re:Who cares? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 16, 2014 @09:56PM (#46263309)

    ...software matters, and this kid has NONE

    Read the fucking article dipshit:

    "He took a basic, preexisting pattern for a printer and reworked it with new software and hardware enhancements to print out letters in braille"

    Anyways, my point is this: frankly, the twelve year old kid is far better than you, you pathetic little pimpstick.

  • Re:Braille Legos (Score:4, Informative)

    by ShanghaiBill (739463) on Sunday February 16, 2014 @10:38PM (#46263563)

    There are other printers that can produce "erasable" braille. Some of the most interesting do it with tiny electrical impulses that produce a tactile sensation that is an illusion of dots. This was described in an article [economist.com] in last week's Economist. The article pointed out that far fewer people are learning braille today for two reasons: other technologies replace it for many purposes, and, because of better treatment and prevention, there are far fewer blind people today.

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