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(C|Net)   Twelve-year-old uses Legos to build a printer that types in Braille, makes his design and code open source so it may be the basis of a low cost translation tool for developing countries   (news.cnet.com) divider line 34
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2014-02-14 08:56:49 PM
"Bhutt he looks ferrun.  I bet this is how blind terrutists communikate."
 
2014-02-14 09:04:40 PM
But is it Type I or Type II Braille?

/pretty cool, kid
 
2014-02-14 09:26:55 PM
If he wanted it to be low cost he shouldn't have used Lego bricks.
 
2014-02-14 09:33:06 PM
It's wonderful when kids come up with awesome inventions, especially when there's that whole actually helping people spirit behind it. Good on ya kiddo.
 
2014-02-14 09:35:48 PM

dopekitty74: It's wonderful when kids come up with awesome inventions, especially when there's that whole actually helping people spirit behind it. Good on ya kiddo.


It's pretty cool, at the same time he didn't come up with anything much, he just fabricated an existing item using plans offline and pre-made components.

No one did this when I was 12 because there were no mindstorms kits, there were no printer plans online, hell there wasn't even an online. But we made some damn good carpentry for our tree fort because one kid's dad had a tool shed with real tools in.
 
2014-02-14 09:37:15 PM
His dad helped him...
 
2014-02-14 09:38:15 PM
That's really cool, but it seems like scrolling through the whole alphabet each time you want to select a letter is inefficient and reduces your ability to add punctuation, special characters, etc. It seems like if you could set it up to use an arduino instead, it could accept a much wider variety of input, like you could send it .txt files from your computer.
 
2014-02-14 09:43:30 PM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: That's really cool, but it seems like scrolling through the whole alphabet each time you want to select a letter is inefficient and reduces your ability to add punctuation, special characters, etc. It seems like if you could set it up to use an arduino instead, it could accept a much wider variety of input, like you could send it .txt files from your computer.


It's a 12 year old, with dad's help using a Build-a-Bot kit. Be thankful it works at all without drawing a dick on everything.
 
2014-02-14 09:43:58 PM
A lot of blindness in developing countries could be treated or prevented, especially the ones caused by parasites and infectious diseases. I think the Bill Gates Foundation has been talking about putting a big push on fighting parasites.
 
2014-02-14 09:48:48 PM
Good on him, I hope this does lead him into a promising career in science/engineering.
 
2014-02-14 09:52:05 PM

doglover: It's a 12 year old, with dad's help using a Build-a-Bot kit. Be thankful it works at all without drawing a dick on everything.


I wasn't saying he was doing anything wrong: just thinking about how I would design a braille printer to be more functional.
 
2014-02-14 09:56:41 PM

Famous Thamas: Good on him, I hope this does lead him into a promising career in science/engineering.


Yeah, these are the type of people that are needed in Science and Engineering: people with the aptitude coupled with a burning interest, as opposed to people who go into it for the "money" or because it's a trendy thing to do.
 
2014-02-14 09:58:13 PM
Oh look, another one of these stories. "Thanks daddy!"
 
2014-02-14 10:05:08 PM
Way to go, kid. I can only assume you had a little help from these two?

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2014-02-14 10:09:19 PM
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2014-02-14 10:12:48 PM

mrlewish: [img.fark.net image 557x151]


No fair writing your Braille in Hebrew.
 
2014-02-14 10:17:22 PM
Yeah kids are stupid and would give away shiat that would support them most of their adult life.
 
2014-02-14 11:15:34 PM
Crowd-sourcing via cyberspace the plans for a hacked together communication tool based on low-cost technology including a thumb-tack?

Paging William Gibson.
 
2014-02-14 11:19:36 PM
The International Braille Printer Cartel is plotting to stop him as we speak.
 
2014-02-14 11:24:26 PM

bighairyguy: The International Braille Printer Cartel is plotting to stop him as we speak.


Led by International Braille Machines and their huge portfolio of patents.

/"Legos" is a plural?
 
2014-02-14 11:40:57 PM

bighairyguy: The International Braille Printer Cartel is plotting to stop him as we speak.


I know those people. I worked for them. You do NOT want to cross them.

/they have ways of making a lasting impression
 
2014-02-14 11:52:53 PM

Bob Down: /"Legos" is a plural?


People say Legos.  It'll be okay.
 
2014-02-14 11:56:26 PM
Everything is awesome.
 
2014-02-15 04:50:07 AM
Pfft, that's nothing.

I just got drunk and watched Law & Order: SVU. Checkmate.
 
2014-02-15 06:13:26 AM

Relatively Obscure: Bob Down: /"Legos" is a plural?

People say Legos.  It'll be okay.


Only in the US, and then only amongst the idiots.
 
2014-02-15 06:19:56 AM
This kid is going to have a great college admission essay and this is a much better use of the hero tag than the ranch dressing guy.
 
2014-02-15 07:17:23 AM

Relatively Obscure: Bob Down: /"Legos" is a plural?

People say Legos.  It'll be okay.


Well, people are wrong.
 
2014-02-15 07:50:19 AM
Low cost because lego sets are so cheap?

/let me laugh harder
 
2014-02-15 09:30:46 AM

Bungles: Only in the US, and then only amongst the idiots.


I bet you're wrong.

tarheel07: Well, people are wrong.


Yeah, but it doesn't matter.
 
2014-02-15 10:42:48 AM

Bungles: Relatively Obscure: Bob Down: /"Legos" is a plural?

People say Legos.  It'll be okay.

Only in the US, and then only amongst the idiots.


You're right! We should all be saying LEGOⒸ Brand Construction Brick Products.
 
2014-02-15 01:01:55 PM

tarheel07: Relatively Obscure: Bob Down: /"Legos" is a plural?

People say Legos.  It'll be okay.

Well, people are wrong.


xkcd something something
 
2014-02-15 11:14:27 PM
Well, that puts MacGyver to shame...
 
2014-02-16 12:55:08 AM
most non-foreign 'Murican students couldn't invent a paper bag, thank god for the Asians in America
 
2014-02-16 08:27:14 AM

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: most non-foreign 'Murican students couldn't invent a paper bag, thank god for the Asians in America


I'm pretty sure most people everywhere don't invent things.
 
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