Vice President, Rational Smarter Product Development
IBM Software Group
For geeks and makers, the Lego Mindstorms was one of the earliest affordable and powerful platforms. It has been around since 1994 and has gone through substantial updates over the years. Even though it almost predates the browser era of the internet, this is really one of the first Internet of Things platforms. In it's current incarnation, it includes wifi network connectivity and has many IoT uses.
But, what is most important, is not what the platform does, but what it enables. This innovation, made by a 12 year old future engineer (Shubham Banerjee), uses the Lego Mindstorms to create an affordable braille printer. With his innovative use of the platform, he has lowered the cost of a braille printer from $2000 to $350. And, he plans to make his design available as open source so more of the world can use and extend his work.
This is the next generation of engineer!