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The Daily Slash: May 17th 2010

The Daily Slash: May 17th 2010

Did anyone else notice it's Monday? We sure did. It just has an air about it, doesn't it? Well, we're happy that you chose to start your week out with us, and welcome to this latest edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, in the Best of R3, we've got a CDMA HTC Hero showing up somewhere it doesn't belong, and Samsung wants to give you money for developing applications. And then in the Dredge 'Net, Blue Ant's got a new speakerphone for your Bluetooth pleasure, a new report shows cell phone shipments around the world are growing, and finally, a LEGO robot that can raise its own bridge.

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Motorola Droid Solves a Rubik’s Cube Thanks to LEGO Robot [Video]

Motorola Droid Solves a Rubik’s Cube Thanks to LEGO Robot [Video]

While some robots are made to teach you something, or even go easy on your pocket book, this little do it yourself LEGO robot is just about the coolest thing we've seen today. There's a lot going on here, especially with the inclusion of the Motorola Droid suspended over the Rubik's cube in question, but we have to admit. The fact that this application allows for the Android-powered handset to solve a cube we've never come close to solving in just 25 seconds is mighty impressive.

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Niko N900-based LEGO robot controlled by Twitter [Video]

Niko N900-based LEGO robot controlled by Twitter [Video]

The Nokia N900 has already shown itself to be one of the more hack-friendly devices out there right now - we've seen it flirting with alternative OSes, unusual controllers and more - and the best part is that the Finnish company themselves are pushing for as much tampering as possible.  Currently Nokia is running the PUSH N900 competition in the US, asking teams to come up with unusual ways to implement the Maemo smartphone, and one such project is Niko, a Twitter-controlled robot.

Video demo after the cut

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LEGO Headphones ripe for DIY knock-off

LEGO Headphones ripe for DIY knock-off

The pictures here really speak for themselves: Elecom have launched a set of LEGO-themed headphones, the PLAYBRICK EHP-CIN40, and if you've never quite been able to give up your childhood addiction with plastic building blocks then you're bound to find these appealing.  Supplied with four different earbud sizes, Elecom are even going so far as to suggest that sound quality is decent, though we'd believe that when we heard it.

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Lego iPhone dock spins and is geeky cool

Lego iPhone dock spins and is geeky cool

I spent lots of time playing with Lego in my youth. In fact, I got into more than one fistfight at school over the last set of wheels for my Fall Guy truck creation. Today, geeks are doing all sorts of projects with Lego that have more to do with gadgets than the type of building Lego intended its ubiquitous blocks to be used for.

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LEGO Rock Band gets official

LEGO Rock Band gets official

If you love LEGO and you love Rock Band, then prepare to whoop in unadorned rapture at the news that LEGO Rock Band has been officially announced.  Available for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and DS, LEGO Rock Band will allow gamers to build their own minifig avatars, band and entourage, and play tracks including Blur's Song 2, Europe's The Final Countdown and Carl Douglas' Kung Fu Fighting.

 

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