From replicating a very elaborate location from "The Hobbit" to a hilarious 1984 Macintosh computer tribute, there has been no shortage of amazing, viral works of art using Lego this year. But for 12-year-old Shubham Banerjee, not only is his Lego masterpiece creative, it also carries the potential to make a big impact.
According to Gigaom, upon discovering that braille printers can cost up to $2,000, the seventh grader of Santa Clara, Calif. wanted to see if he could make a more affordable version. Using a $350 Mindstorms kit, Banerjee created a working prototype, named Braigo, that is cost-efficient.
"Over 200 million people in this world are blind or visually impaired and 90 percent of those people are living in developing countries," explains Banerjee. "A lot of people have been thinking commercially about making cool stuff and I've been thinking a lot about this. We can reduce the cost from $2,000 to $350 with just a simple Lego set for a braille printer."
Watch above and see the video below for a demonstration of the Braigo.