The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A 13-year-old has made a cheap machine that helps blind people read. The machine uses Braille - small bumps that people touch to read the letters. Machines that make these small bumps into words, sentences and paragraphs are very expensive. They usually cost at least $2,000. The teenager, Shubham Banerjee, made a new Braille writer from a Lego robot kit. It costs just $350. Banerjee has called his new device the Braigo – a combination of the words Braille and Lego. It works by changing electronic text into Braille and then printing it using a computer or mobile device.



Banerjee designed his Braigo last year as a science project. Silicon Valley is now interested in him. The technology giant Intel invested in his machine last year. They did not say how much money they gave him. Banerjee also got $35,000 from his father. His father is a computer engineer at Intel. He spoke about giving money to his son, saying: "We as parents started to get involved more, thinking that he's on to something and this innovation process has to continue." Banerjee said: "My end goal would probably be having most of the blind people...using my Braille printer."

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Sources
  • http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242000
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2917874/Boy-13-builds-Braille-printer-Legos-starts-company.html#ixzz3RoQTV1SS
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/shubham-banerjee-braille-printer_n_6508032.html


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

a cheap machine that

a.

bumps into words

2.

small bumps that people

b.

just $350

3.

Machines that make these small

c.

Braille writer

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They usually cost at

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words Braille and Lego

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made a new

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helps blind people read

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It costs

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text

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a combination of the

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touch

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electronic

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least $2,000



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Banerjee designed his

a.

process

2.

a science

b.

involved more

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They did not say how

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goal

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computer

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much money

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started to get

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Braigo last year

6.

he's on to

f.

engineer

7.

this innovation

g.

project

8.

My end

h.

something

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A 13-year-old (1) ___________________ machine that helps blind people read. The machine uses Braille - small bumps that people (2) ___________________ letters. Machines that make these small bumps into words, (3) ___________________ are very expensive. They usually (4) ___________________ $2,000. The teenager, Shubham Banerjee, made a new Braille writer from a Lego robot kit. It costs just $350. Banerjee has called (5) ___________________ Braigo – a combination of the words Braille and Lego. It works by changing (6) ___________________ Braille and then printing it using a computer or mobile device.

Banerjee designed his Braigo (7) ___________________ science project. Silicon Valley is (8) ___________________. The technology giant Intel invested in his machine last year. They did not say how much (9) ___________________. Banerjee also got $35,000 from his father. His father is a computer engineer at Intel. He spoke (10) ___________________ to his son, saying: "We as parents started to get involved more, thinking (11) ___________________ something and this innovation process has to continue." Banerjee said: "My end goal would probably (12) ___________________ of the blind people...using my Braille printer."





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

A13-year-oldhasmadeacheapmachinethathelpsblindpeoplerea
d.ThemachineusesBraille-smallbumpsthatpeopletouchtoreadthelet
ters.Machinesthatmakethesesmallbumpsintowords,sentencesandp
aragraphsareveryexpensive.Theyusuallycostatleast$2,000.Thetee
nager,ShubhamBanerjee,madeanewBraillewriterfromaLegorobotki
t.Itcostsjust$350.BanerjeehascalledhisnewdevicetheBraigo–acom
binationofthewordsBrailleandLego.Itworksbychangingelectronictex
tintoBrailleandthenprintingitusingacomputerormobiledevice.Banerj
eedesignedhisBraigolastyearasascienceproject.SiliconValleyisnowi
nterestedinhim.ThetechnologygiantIntelinvestedinhismachinelasty
ear.Theydidnotsayhowmuchmoneytheygavehim.Banerjeealsogot$
35,000fromhisfather.HisfatherisacomputerengineeratIntel.Hespok
eaboutgivingmoneytohisson,saying:"Weasparentsstartedtogetinvo
lvedmore,thinkingthathe'sontosomethingandthisinnovationprocess
hastocontinue."Banerjeesaid:"Myendgoalwouldprobablybehaving
mostoftheblindpeople...usingmyBrailleprinter."

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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