Space travel and LEGO: two of the three most awesome things science has given us (the third being Hot Pockets), and now getting to co-exist in zero gravity. Space Shuttle Endeavor takes off on Friday with a cargo hold jammed full of LEGO as part of the company's Bricks in Space project.
Lego is perhaps the greatest of all geek toys ever invented. The things you can make out of Lego are limitless and with the right vision and the correct blocks and servos you can make just about anything and have the finished contraption actually work. We talked about a couple really cool Lego devices that some geeks built late last week. I really liked the Lego assembly line setup the best out of those cool offerings last week.
Is LEGO better than coffee for getting through your day? I wouldn't skip the caffeine, but you can definitely check these out. We have here two separate LEGO projects, both impressive in their own right, for distinctly different reasons. They're both built with the Technic line. The first is an adjustable stand so that bad pixel over at instructables could play Game Boy on his Nexus One using a Wiimote. The second is a robotic factory line with four fully articulated picker arms, or as Chris Shepherd aka LegoShep aka TheOnlyShep calls it, the Lego Quad Delta Robot System.
My dad had a ship in a whisky jug sitting on the bar at our house when I was a kid. I looked at that thing more times than I can count trying to figure out how exactly they got the ship inside the bottle. Julie Morley has taken that ship in a bottle and made it a bit geekier by building the ship out of Lego. She even made us a time-lapse video so we can see how she made it.
Michael T. Wright, a former curator at the Science Museum in London, reconstructed a model of an ancient astronomical calculator named the Antikythera Mechanism. It gets it's name from the Greek island where it was found. For fifty years after it was recovered by a sponge diver in 1902, researchers had no clue as to it's possible function. By that time the ravages of two thousand years of being at the bottom of the ocean took it's toll through the effects of corrosion and mineral deposits. It wasn't until HP took reflectance imaging scans of the device there became clear enough picture to construct a working model. Wright's reconstructed model has the capability to predict the yearly motion of the sun, moon, and five planets, and is also a calendar.
Remember when you were a kid, and you had a bunch of LEGO blocks lying around you? Whether or not you had just destroyed some crazy creation to make the mess, the mess always happened. But, eventually, you picked up those blocks, and started building something. Something you saw somewhere, in a movie, in a comic book, or maybe from the depths of your imagination. The LEGO blocks made it possible for a kid to be a kid, so to speak. But, now that you're an adult, you're wondering just what those LEGO blocks could do for you. Well, how about taking a small device created from LEGO that will roll dice for you?
Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! This is the last edition before Christmas; I hope you have your shopping done! Last Sunday we went hands on with the LG VL600 LTE modem and it was really cool. We like the service, but the scant data limits of 5GB and 10GB will keep many from adopting if they plan to use it as a broadband alternative. Monday some really cool cases for the iPhone 4 surfaced from Gear 4 that fans of Angry Birds will like. The cases come in three styles with colors and characters from the Angry Birds game.
We know that LEGO can be used to make some pretty impressive things. Even if they are one of our favorite childhood toys, those with the time and ability can create works of art with the tiny blocks. Of course, the more detail used in the creation of any particular LEGO statue the better, and so when we saw this T-800 Terminator bust, we couldn't help but start drooling a little bit. Especially with those glowing red eyes.
Oh you Greeks, you're constantly surprising the world with everything you knew before everyone else re-discovered it hundreds of years later. Case in point: 100BCE, Greeks built a mechanical constructed a machine now said to be the world's earliest computer, one sophisticated enough to predict lunar eclipses. This device known as "Antikythera’s Mechanism" was originally discovered in a shipwreck in 1901CE, in 2006CE high res x-ray tomography revealed that the device was made for predicting celestial events with amazing accuracy, now in 2010CE, it's been reconstructed fully by Apple OS X software engineer Andrew Carol.
I thought I was doing good when I build a Lego play set that actually looks like the image on the box when I am done. This dude named Andrew Carol has just built what might be the most epic Lego creation ever. Carol is an software engineer at Apple and the dude is a Lego savant.