lego

The Most Amazing Things We Saw At Maker Faire

What’s one part country fair, one part art festival, a side of Burning Man and an educational, geek-filled fun-fest? Maker Faire! We went to the Bay Area Maker Faire this past weekend, and overdosed on creative, inspiring DiY technology. Here’s what we saw.


Everything Is Organised In This Architect's Lego Basement

On the surface, owning 250,000 Lego pieces sounds awesome. But then you start to think about it: the late-night encounters with carpets in the brick; trying to find that one particular head; trying to explain things to your insurance broker. Clearly, you’re going to need one hell of a storage system.


A Clever Flip-Dot Display Uses Lego Brick Bitmaps 

Flip-dot displays certainly have an old-school charm about them, and they win extra points for energy efficiency. But I think I like them even better when they’re controlled by Lego bitmaps and built to spell out the word “awesome” like this one is.


A Customisable Computer Built Entirely From LEGO

Legos have been experiencing something of a renaissance lately. With adults now using their childhood building bricks in more creative ways than ever, it was only a matter of time before somebody decided to bring a portable, customisable, LEGO-based desktop computer into the world.


Jurassic Park's Memorable Scenes Recreated In Stop-Motion LEGO

No, it’s not the LEGO Jurassic Park game. This is arguably better though. When you get the opportunity to recreate the best dinosaur film ever in stop-motion with $US100,000 of plastic blocks, are you going to decline? Of course not.


This Lego-Modded Glue Gun Is A Handheld 3D Printer

Tired of the same old, boring laminated pattern that’s in all of your 3D printed stuff? Industrial design student Vimal Patel was, and so he decided to fashion himself a 3D doodler, out of a hot glue gun which he modded with a custom Lego extruder. You know, obviously.


The Best Stuff At Toy Fair 2015

Once a year, toy companies from all over the world converge on New York to reveal what everyone will be fighting to buy their kids — or themselves — when the holidays roll around again. And once again we grabbed our cameras, put ourselves in the mind of a child (that was the easy part), and set out to find the most exciting new toys that will be hitting store shelves this year.


Who Needs An Oculus Rift When You Can Just Strap Lego To Your Face

What’s worse than mashing a Lego brick into the bottom of your foot? Mashing one into your face-parts (I would imagine). But. BUT! If it’s as part of a DIY Lego-based VR headset, maybe it’s worth it.


Clever Video Shows Artist Painting With Paint Made From Lego Bricks

Video: I love this stop-motion animation video so much. Created by animator Jon Rolph, it shows a painter painting, but instead of using regular ol’ paint, the paint is made of Lego. It’s so clever and so well done, you can see how the lighter brushstrokes use different bricks from the finished painting.


The Lego Movie Oscars Snub Is Garbage

This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — an institution that in March of 1995 declared Forrest Gump to be a superior film to Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption and Quiz Show (Quiz Show!) — has decided that The Lego Movie, which was animated for the most part by Australian studio Animal Logic, is not one of the five best animated movies of last year. This is not a snub. This is a brickin’ joke.