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Powered pants could usher in anti-gravity boots

Powered pants could usher in anti-gravity boots

An early 90s Wallace & Gromit cartoon has inspired University of Leicester students to develop a theory on how one might eventually be able to walk on the walls or ceiling. Though not exactly anti-gravity boots, the shoes would be powered by a vacuum and battery pack in one's pants, giving them gravity-defying abilities.

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Portal’s GLaDOS may be next for LEGO immortality

Portal’s GLaDOS may be next for LEGO immortality

The Portal build you’re about to see is not yet a fully operational LEGO design. Instead, it’s part of the LEGO Ideas collection, one that’s been growing for several years - from its CUUSOO roots to the machine it is today. Today we witness builder "pitrek02" take the helm with over 1000 supporters - not quite what’s needed for official status, but well over the border needed to get there eventually.

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SBRICK brings Bluetooth to your LEGO creations

SBRICK brings Bluetooth to your LEGO creations

As LEGO has proven over the past several years, there’s no limit to what this interchangeable interlocking brick system can do in the way of super simple buildings to extra-complex robots. They’re building pieces, after all, and open systems like the SBRICK - or SmartBrick - are coming in to expand the system even further than LEGO has already imagined. Here we’re going wireless with LEGO robotics and remote control.

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LEGO Star Wars: Jabba’s Sail Barge Review

LEGO Star Wars: Jabba’s Sail Barge Review

Today is the day we review the newest edition of Jabba’s Sail Barge LEGO set, just in time for the 31st anniversary of the original release of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Today is also the anniversary of the release of the first film in the Star Wars series: A New Hope. With Jabba's Sail Barge, today we return to the sand planet Tatooine in style, just as we’re meant to.

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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Review

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Review

The universe in which this LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 unit exists is not one made for a tiny, limited cross-section of creative children and those that want to see their models move. When you see "10+" on the package for the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, you’re going to need to understand that this does not mean it’s excellence is relegated to kids. You’re also going to need to recognize immediately that this is not just a toy - it’s a platform.

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LEGO Ideas launched: CUUSOO DIY spirit remains

LEGO Ideas launched: CUUSOO DIY spirit remains

Back in 2008, the group known as CUUSOO teamed up with LEGO to begin work on what would eventually become LEGO CUUSOO. The CUUSOO group is a Japanese partner of LEGO while LEGO CUUSOO is a group that’s been helping fans realize the dream of having their unique LEGO build become an official LEGO set for the past 2.5 years. Now LEGO has decided to change the name and bring the program "in house" with LEGO Ideas.

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Smart coffee mug offers e-ink display

Smart coffee mug offers e-ink display

Smart Internet-connected devices are arriving at increasingly rapid speeds, bringing a level of interaction to everyday appliances that were mere fiction in the recent past. The latest among those connected devices is the brainchild of a coffee roaster and marketing company.

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