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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 32 2011

It's that time again; the SlashGear Week in Review is back. One of my favorite stories from last week was the LEGO DIY R2D2 robot. The robot was remote controlled and even the little dome turned making for a very cool project. The teen LulzSec hacker that was arrested in Britain recently was found to have details on hundreds of thousands of people on his computer. The exact number according to the police was 750,000 different personal records on people.

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Lego Minifigs to Accompany Juno Space Probe Mission

Lego Minifigs to Accompany Juno Space Probe Mission

Launching this Friday will be NASA's Atlas V rocket containing not only its most important piece of equipment, the Juno space probe, but three little Lego minifigs as well. Included in this mission will be Lego likenesses of Italian astronomer Galileo, Roman god Jupiter, and Jupiter's sister Juno, these toys soon to be the furthest flung toys in history. The rocket will be heading to Jupiter on a five-year trip that will be a joint mission between NASA and Lego, each of the special minifigs affixed to the spacecraft for a (hopefully) safe journey all the way.

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LEGO R2D2 robot is remote controlled and packed with awesome

LEGO R2D2 robot is remote controlled and packed with awesome

LEGO + Star Wars + Remote control = Awesome. A dude going by the name Ickelpete has apparently been working on the bot of awesome you see here since last year. The dude has work in progress pictures on his flickr page that go back to last summer showing him at work on various parts of this little droid. The finished product appears to be life-size.

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Geek makes DIY key mounting thingy out of LEGO

Geek makes DIY key mounting thingy out of LEGO

I have a very short memory so it's good that I spend my days flitting from one subject to another for work. I do tend to lose my wallet a few times a day though. Mostly it's because the wife likes to put stuff on top of it. I think she is trying to drive me insane so she can have me committed and have full access to the remote for watching all those chick flicks she likes. I don’t go anywhere other the than the store and home so I don’t really have the chance to lose my keys.

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Concrete Building Blocks look like LEGO

Concrete Building Blocks look like LEGO

I like LEGO blocks and I really like to see the creations that geeks get up to making when they have plenty of blocks at their disposal. The thing that all the LEGO blocks I have seen in the past have in common is that they are made from plastic. A designer on Etsy has some cool LEGO blocks that aren’t made from plastic even thought they are sized like your typical block.

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KRE-O construction Transformer sets hit stores

KRE-O construction Transformer sets hit stores

Hasbro is the toy company that was behind some of the toys that shaped my youth. Specifically, I had all the Transformers that my parents would let me have. I often broke them trying to transform them from robot to vehicle or whatever and they were a lot of fun. I also had loads of LEGO as a kid and spent more than a few days grounded thanks to the little blocks and my tendency to leave them laying around for my parents to step on.

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LEGO-licious Star Wars Sandcrawler used 10,000 bricks

LEGO-licious Star Wars Sandcrawler used 10,000 bricks

I mentioned a cool LEGO kit yesterday that is the largest Technic set LEGO has ever offered at about 2,000 pieces. That LEGO kit is nothing compared to this DIY LEGO construct that Marshal Banana spent nine months building. That is a long time for the birthing process of a 3-foot long 10,000-piece Star Wars Sandcrawler. I would have never finished something this epic. The crawler has remote control steering and is incredibly detailed.

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Gigantic LEGO Technic set is a Mercedes Unimog truck

Gigantic LEGO Technic set is a Mercedes Unimog truck

Geeks like LEGO, specifically the LEGO Technic sets that are so crazily detailed that you have to put the littlie LEGO pistons into the little LEGO engines of some models. The latest LEGO Technic set to be unveiled is a scale model of a truck that we rarely see in the States, but is apparently pretty common in Europe. The truck the kit is modeled after is the Mercedes Benz Unimog. That is a strange name, Unimog sounds like some sort of subterranean mythical creature that Hercules fought.

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LEGO ukulele can actually be tuned and played

LEGO ukulele can actually be tuned and played

LEGO has to be one of the more impressive and geeky building systems ever dreamed up. The people that invented the little bricks should win a Nobel Prize for something. It never ceases to impress me that geeks can build some very interesting gear using the little blocks. The last time I talked about a LEGO build was when a geek built himself a Master Chief suit out of the bricks. Now a guy has taken a box full of bricks and made his own musical instrument.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 9th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, May 9th 2011

The biggest news this week is Google I/O, coming up tomorrow. We will be there live, so be sure to stay tuned for all the exciting announcements, and of course our analysis. In other news this morning, the Apple brand may be one of the most valuable in the world, even more than Google. And we know people love Apple products, but, let's not fight about them, mmmkay? And we are continuing to follow the Sony PlayStation Network story, as Sony has just announced that it will be the end of May before they get up and running fully again. Plus, NVIDIA and Icera, news about the Nexux S 4G, yet another Android tablet, and one that's a little different, and lots lots more.

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