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Shubham Banerjee: the young entrepreneur of Silicon Valley

Shubam Banerjee, the inventor of the Braille printer Braigo v2.0, which promises to be world’s cheapest and lightest Braille printer

Nov 6, 2014 18:35 IST
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Shubam Banerjee, the inventor of the Braille printer Braigo v2.0, which promises to be world’s cheapest and lightest Braille printer, was in news recently due to coming close to becoming the youngest venture-capital backed entrepreneur of Silicon Valley in California. He is 13.

His start-up Braigo Labs is being financed by Intel Capital which will help the start up to hire engineers, develop prototypes, and begin to test the market. Intel Capital is the venture capital arm of Intel.

Shubham after reading a fundraising flyer about the blind felt inspired to turn a high-tech version of Legos, the toy building blocks, into a device that could print in Braille. The result was Braigo, which is a play on the words Brai-lle + Le-go, which is a portable braille printer.

In order to produce these printers at low cost and in mass, he started Braigo Labs in August 2014 with its office in Palo Alto, California.

On 9 September 2014, at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF 2014), at the Mega Session: The Next Revolution in Computing: Edison, Wearables, and New Devices with Intel VP & GM, Mike Bell, Banerjee demonstrated Braigo v2.0 which promises to be the world's first - most cheapest, silent, IOT enabled and light weight braille printer.

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