Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Robots and Recognizing a Need

A 7th grade student from Santa Clara, California, wondered what it would be like to be blind.

When Shubham Banerjee’s parents received a mailer asking for money for a support group for the blind he did some Internet research. He was appalled that a Braille Printer, a device that prints Braille documents, cost $2000. He thought the cost put the necessary device out of the reach of a lot of the blind.

So, Shubham went to work. He used his Lego Mindstorms EV3, a kit used to create “toy” robots, to create a Braille Printer. Shubham’s invention costs $350 (the price of an EV3) for education, teaching and home-use purposes.

Combining a need with imagination and technology means the blind have a viable,  lower-cost alternative.

If you come in contact with young people and have that, “What’s happening to the world?!” feeling, think of Shubham Banerjee and realize there’s lots of good happening.

When you look around your world what problems/needs do see—right in front of you? And, how can you squirm out of the box and find a solution that might not readily appear?

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