Thursday, June 28th, 2012
In stunning news today, Google has taken over LEGO.
No not really, instead, Google has teamed up with LEGO Australia to roll out a new Chrome extension “Build”. Build allows users to to choose a “plot of land” actually a LEGO base plate, on a map of New Zealand or Australia, and well Build. For now, you can only build on parts of New Zealand, and Austraila, but we are told there are plans to open up other parts of the wold later. but don’t let that stop you. Even if you don’t live in downunder you can still use build as long as you use a Google Chorme or Firefox browser.
Build offers over 8 trillion LEGO bricks, and according to Google, it is the largest LEGO set you’ve ever seen. For me the best part is not building, but looking over many of the creation other susers have already built. there’s a medival castle giant sea monster’s or a can of Cola.
When you’re done building, you can copy the link, and share your creation with the world, you could even post it in a comment here.
Thursday, April 19th, 2012
Most everyone by now has heard about FIRST LEGO League, and knows about it’s purpose to help students develop engineering and problem solving skills, preparing students for higher level education and careers working in Robotics and other like fields.
I imaging that to most, this appears only as a stepping stone to bigger and better things, but it needn’t be so. It is possible, as Researchers form Carnegie Mellon University demonstrate, sometimes LEGO is not on the path to the solution, but rather the actual solution.
Via the Atlantic
Researchers at the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University have enlisted the help of some custom made LEGO robots to grow artificial bone samples. In order to build up the bone grafts, a scaffold needs to be repeatedly dipped in a number of different solutions to grow the compound, a highly repetitive task that lent itself to a little bit of home-brewed automation.
Using LEGO and it’s Mindstorms components, the team built specialized robots to perform the otherwise monotonous tasks for them. So great a cconcept, Google producted the following video to help promote their online Science Fair*.
*Note: The entry window for Google’s online Science Fair has passed, but you can still sign up to get a notification when next Years opens up!