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February 26 2014

11:22

January 31 2014

21:41

Google Makes Lego Even Cooler

Image (1) lego_timetrack.png for post 80208A partnership between Google and Lego has ushered in a new age of virtual block-play: Build with Chrome.

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November 14 2013

09:04

LEGO portrait changes from Yoda to Darth Vader with light changes

LEGO portrait changes from Yoda to Darth Vader with light changes

This amazing panel installation uses shadow casting techniques to change from a portrait of Yoda to Darth Vader when the lights change. The LEGO masterpiece is an accurate representation of the dual nature of The Force, both the good and evil. This ambitious piece was designed by Drzach & Suchy and took over ten hours of hard work and about 16,000 white LEGO bricks. Watch the video to see the piece being interacted with.

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November 11 2013

08:01

Injured tortoise gets a LEGO wheel prosthetic

Injured tortoise gets a LEGO wheel prosthetic

This is Schildi the bionic tortoise. He was found abandoned and helpless in Germany. The poor little guy was missing a leg and very scared, so some kind veterinarians patched him up and equipped him with a prosthetic wheel. Now he’s probably the speediest tortoise around. This story renewed my hope in humanity.

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October 16 2013

02:37

Extraordinary Lego art from around the world

Extraordinary Lego art from around the world

The humble Lego block has come a long way since its inception in the 1940s and in a new book titled Beautiful LEGO, Mike Doyle brings us 200 pages of extraordinary Lego art. Yes, art. Take a look at these incredible structures that put our 40-block “masterpieces” to shame. The book includes Lego art from all over the world –submitted by users – and sees everything from famous figures to incredible multi-tiered towers on the pages.

And if you’re thinking of attempting the incredible fantasy cityscape on the front cover of this book – just keep in mind that this spectacular creation uses more than 200,000 Lego bricks!

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September 12 2013

21:48

LEGO Tube maps made from 1,000 bricks

LEGO Tube maps made from 1,000 bricks

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, London Underground commissioned several self-portraits to be made of LEGO. Each map consists of over 1,000 LEGO bricks and took about four days to build.

The LEGO Tube maps represent different points in history, almost a sort of historic time-line or family tree. The first map features the London Underground as it was in 1927 while the final piece actually predicts the how the system will be in 2020.

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September 06 2013

10:00

What IF…Festival of Innovation and Imagination

festival-photo-collageWhat IF... Festival: Don't miss the geeky gadgets, DIY demos, cool experiments, new technologies, hands-on learning, and live performances! September 7th, 10am-4pm in Colorado Springs, CO.

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July 23 2013

18:09

Phone Racer—Lego iPhone Gaming Stand

final-whiteMaterials: LEGO Education kit 9686, or equivalent subset of parts Printable building instructions and parts inventory: phone_racer.pdf Introduction: Ok, I admit it – I’m not a huge video-gamer. I’d rather play strategic board games. And when it comes to racing, I’d rather be moving at high speed with at least two […]

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July 03 2013

10:04

Video of the Day: A prosthetic leg made from Legos

Christina Stephens used Lego bricks to make herself a prosthetic leg.

June 14 2013

02:51

Gallery of the Day: 50,000-piece Lego map of the Philippines

This isn't the first step towards an entire world made of Lego, but perhaps it should be.

June 13 2013

19:00

This Camera Is As Fun As Playing With Lego

And it embodies everything that’s great about childhood.

If I could go back in time and ask my corpulent eight-year-old self what my dream camera might look like, I’d probably hijack that time machine/wormhole to do all sorts of other things first. See the dinosaurs. Save Lincoln. Buy a few stocks. Punch myself in the face at least once. After this list of thousands of other priorities was completed, I’d probably realize that I really screwed up the future, and so I’d find a way to travel back and prevent this time machine from ever being invented in the first place.

But assuming things were okay in the space-time continuum, and assuming I’d grown relatively bored with the concept of skipping through millennia like flipping the pages of a magazine, I’d possibly ask my eight-year-old self what my dream camera might look like. And he’d inevitably crayon-sketch (was I still using crayons at 8?) the Nanoblock Camera ($55), by Fuuvi.

Scratch that, he’d inevitably crayon-sketch a Lego camera, but I’d say, “Sorry, kid, Nanoblocks are all we’ve got in the future.” And then that little wimp would probably start crying again. I’d remember how painful that memory was, relent, and tell myself that Lego was alive and well in the year 2013, but to stop eating so much ice cream.

Regardless, what appealed to me at age eight and appeals to me now is the fact that this toy camera fits in your pocket, then plugs directly into a computer, just like a USB stick. (I had to explain what a USB stick was to the eight-year-old me, but then I totally dug it.) It also exudes charm, thanks to that dotted Nanoblock body, which allows you to expand the frame through all sorts of block building--build a lens, or reshape the camera to look like a Polaroid. It’s mostly cosmetic stuff, but how many cameras have you ever been able to personalize in any way? It’s delightful.

Once we were done talking cameras, me and Mark, age eight, would go hang at the mall, or wherever Mark, age eight, thought was cool and couldn’t drive to on his own. Then I’d say super casually, “I know a little place,” and take him for sundaes in the Jurassic Period. We’d think we were really cool.

I’d ask him how it felt to be a kid. He’d ask me how it felt to touch a boob. Then I’d tell him I didn’t know.

“How can that be?” he’d ask, welling up a bit as he buried his tears in another mouthful of hot fudge. And I’d put my arm around him reassuredly.

“Well, as a kid, I ate too much ice cream.”

Buy one here.

    

May 09 2013

09:30

LEGO fashion stilettos by Finn Stone

LEGO fashion stilettos by Finn Stone

LEGO is no longer just for the kids. Now fashionable businesswomen can take them to work with these colorful stilettos by artist Finn Stone. Not only are these shoes the perfect ice-breaker or conversation piece, they may also come in handy if you need to distract a grumpy child on the go.

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March 22 2013

19:19

A Stylish Table Made From Legos, Which Anyone Can Make

Torino-based studio Nucleo reimagined their Histogram table using over 3,000 of everyone’s favorite plastic bricks. Then they released the build plans, so anyone can give it a shot.

Birthdays, for some, are a time to sit back and watch the presents roll in. For Nucleo, however, it was a chance to give rather than receive. On the recent 15th anniversary of their launch, the Torino, Italy-based design and art studio wanted to give their most dextrous and patient fans the means to recreate one of their signature designs, using a tried-and-true material that’s accessible to all ages and skill sets: Lego bricks. There are kits out there for pretty much anything you could possibly imagine, and now that includes Nucleo’s Histogram table. The instructions weigh in at 893 step-by-step pages and call for over 3,000 individual bricks.

The original Histogram table, in plain old scrap wood and epoxy resin, was what emerged when the bar-graph-loving Nucleo team decided to create a 3-D object that represented a 2-D form. It was introduced last year as part of the Unlimited collection for Milan’s Nilufar Gallery. But when the team was invited to make a new, more affordable piece, it provided the perfect opportunity to experiment. “We decided to split the idea from the making,” Nucleo’s Alice Carlotta Occleppo tells Co.Design.

Figuring out the pattern was not actually the tough part. “It’s easier than you could imagine,” she says, with a huge hat tip to Lego’s Digital Designer software, which automated all the difficult back-end work of sorting out the what-goes-where and generating a step-by-step set of build instructions. The biggest challenge was actually sourcing all the available pieces--3,193 bricks for each table--which came from a variety of online outlets and turned the production process into a bit of a treasure hunt.

The Lego Histogram will be presented as part of the Traits d’Union d’Empathie exhibition at the Biennale Internationale Design in Saint-Etienne through September 2013, along with a selected collection of products that demonstrate a close relationship between designer and user. Plus, Version 2.0 is currently in progress, along with an additional series featuring more than 7,000 Lego bricks.

Feeling ambitious, and want to give all 868 pages of how-to Lego Histogram a shot? Click here, or enter your email on Nucleo’s site and they’ll send you the deets. Good luck, and godspeed!

April 09 2012

13:06

How GM Is Saving Cash Using Legos As A Data Viz Tool

Most data we study is presented in 2-D. And as clear as a pie or line graph can be, it’s still a once-removed experience, just something else you see on paper or a computer screen. You can’t grasp it or reshape it. You can’t really play with it.

Our reports were only 2-D. We needed to see them in 3-D.

This bothered Dennis Pastor (executive director of performance excellence for WellStar Health Systems) and Tim Herrick (global chief engineer at General Motors). While their businesses were fundamentally different--one a health care nonprofit, the other a manufacturer of automobiles--the two former colleagues would consult with one another from time to time, and they both found themselves in need of a practical approach to visualization.

“We discussed on a Friday afternoon our frustrations with some of our reports not showing us what we really needed to see,” Pastor writes Co.Design. “We came to the conclusion that our processes were three dimensional but our reports were only two dimensional. We needed to see them 3-D; hand sketches were exchanged over the weekend and within the following week, GM had the first Lego prototype in use.”

Now GM is using Legos for problem resolution tracking. If a transmission block breaks during durability testing, they’ll file a traditional paper report, but the case will also be added to a Lego board. Legos in various colors denote the area of the vehicle, and the block size denotes the severity of the problem.

Meanwhile, WellStar is using the boards to track on-time starts at the doctor’s office, and even manage its physician-payee relationships--which has led to a series of fixes projected to save the company $1 million.

It is the ultimate in transparency. Legos never lie.

“Aside from the 3-D rendering, the greatest impact is when teams come together daily or weekly to update the status of the board,” Pastor explains. “Depending on the type of board the teams either want to see their Legos moving in a positive direction or have a solid action plan for addressing one that is red. It is the ultimate in transparency and accountability. Tim sums it up best, ‘Legos never lie.’”

But beyond their transparency, there may be a bigger advantage to Legos: they’re also fun. By mapping real world problems to an icon of our youth, each challenge must be approached with an inherent playfulness. And because Legos are, by their very nature, expected to be rebuilt, patterns don’t appear stuck in stone--or just as bad--printed in ink. Now, if only we could get the Lego pirate ship or a lunar rover in the mix, we’d really have something.

November 23 2011

18:19
HOW TO: Make badass Christmas ornaments out of Lego
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It’s almost Thanksgiving in the U.S. and other than shopping for things that we don’t need on Black Friday, it means that it’s time for some of us to pick...

December 21 2010

01:30

Lego T-800 bust

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I saw Terminator 2 in the theaters with my non-English-speaking grandmother. She had never seen a science fiction or action film before. She had no idea what was going on and cackled hysterically through the whole thing. Anyway, here’s a T-800 bust made out of Legos.

November 11 2010

20:57

AFOL A Blocumentary

It’s nice to run across a full format documentary on Vimeo and it’s even better when the subject matter is quirky and interesting. AFOL is a documentary that features a selection of AFOLs (Adult Fans Of LEGO) from the Pacific NorthWest sharing their passions and inspirations.

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