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Lego whisperer Simon Burfield has a knack for taking the plastic building toy well past the limits of what it was intended for. His specialty is building rideable creations including a full-sized wheelchair, and now a rather brilliant Segway clone.
You usually have to choose between passing grades and being a mischief maker in high school. With this brilliant Lego contraption, created by NXTLOG member hknssn13, you can be both. It automatically grabs a sheet of paper from a stack, folds it into a paper aeroplane and then launches it towards your target.
If you thought that private, LEGO surveillance blimps were something from some kind of bizarre steampunk dystopia, you'd only be half-right. Two endeavouring LEGO tinkerers, Tyler Westmoreland and Chris Shepard, have brought such a thing into being using nothing but Mindstorms and a couple of balloons.
LEGO Mindstorms are incredible. It was teaching kids, students and grown-ups alike about programming long before devices like the Raspberry Pi mini-computer were even conceived. I stopped using them a while ago and while I wasn't looking, Mindstorms suddenly got amazing. Here's a bunch of robots working together to simulate a Las Vegas table game.
Lego savant Hans Andersson has created an updated version of his Time Twister clock that's even more fascinating to watch. If you're in a hurry the complicated spinning mechanisms that slowly update the display will drive you crazy. But if you're a fan of brilliant Lego designers finding new uses for Mindstorms, this is right up your alley.
Unless, of course, you happen to be the current world record holder, who can solve a cube in under 20 seconds. This Lego Mindstorms 'bot was built by ARM, and managed to solve the cube in 25 seconds flat.
Reader Chris was so inspired by the clip of the ABB Flexpicker robot we posted back in March last year that he did what any self-respecting only a special breed of geek would do - he built his own out of Lego.