"Participating in the fair and working with Microsoft has been an amazing experience and I am looking at ways to integrate the Windows technology with the printer as I prepare to launch it commercially by November this year," Banerjee told.
He is targeting a price point of 500 dollars or less for the printer to ensure affordability for organisations working for the visually-impaired in developing and least developed countries.
The young student has started working with a Windows team to integrate Braigo drivers with Windows for easy deployment.
"Also, think about the banks, the government institutions or even the libraries where Windows-based computers are widely used. They will all benefit from having a Braigo to provide accessibility services to their visually-impaired customers," Banerjee said.
Banerjee is receiving rave reviews and valuable support from experts and prestigious companies for Braigo, which he had developed using Lego Mindstorms EV3, a robotics kit. He came up with the idea of building the low-cost printer for the blind when he was working on a science fair project last year. He said he was shocked to learn that braille printers cost over 2,000 dollars.
With millions of visually-impaired people in the world, of whom 90 per cent live in developing countries, Banerjee decided to develop a printer that was low-cost and could be used easily.
Getting support from his father Neil, Banerjee worked on his product for nearly a month, at the same time focussing on his studies and other extra-curricular activities.
The consumer-focused braille printer, which uses new technology and an Intel Edison chip, is portable, silent and will be offered at a price point well below currently available products for the visually impaired.