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World's Oldest Computer Reproduced (In Stop-Motion!) With LEGO

Nerds, kids and kids-at-heart love to assemble LEGO duplications of modern objects, particularly items that possess technological relevance. Despite that interwoven relationship between the tiny plastic toys and complex scientific creations, LEGO engineers have apparently ignored one seminal machine that might be the oldest computer ever crafted by human hands. Well, Apple engineer and LEGO-maste...

MakerLegoBot Printer Builds LEGO Creations for Us, Can't Print Itself

As if the programmable LEGO Mindstorms toys weren't brilliant enough on their own, fanatics over at BattleBricks decided to construct a fully functioning 3-D LEGO printer, made entirely from three NXT kits and nine NXT motors. The machine, named MakerLegoBot in homage to the MakerBot series of 3-D printers, uses only standard LEGO bricks as building material, fed from AutoCAD designs. Can the Mak...

The Mathematical DARPA Hoodie, LEGOs Used for Limited Edition Letterpress

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. The DARPA Hoodie is so named because its designers at the San Francisco-based Betabrand and Otherlab studios actually won a grant from the mad scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to write algorithms that could convert 3-D forms into 2-D patterns. We're mor...

LEGO Wiimote Brings Even More Child-Like Charm to Wii

LEGO bricks make everything better, including zoo animals and Star Wars, but the little colored bricks have been conspicuously absent from the world of gaming peripherals and accessories. That all changes this week when the LEGO-branded Wii remote goes on sale at Toys "R" Us for $40. The colorful Wii-mote is far from subtle, but there is a certain childish charm to its multi-hued, blocky design. ...

Hitchcock-Style 'Inception' Mashup, Facebook Profile Photo Infographic

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. The flood of 'Inception' mashups grew exhausting following the film's release, but this new reworking, influenced by Alfred Hitchcock trailers from the '50s, is well worth 1:23 of your day. [From: YouTube] Let's face it, the infographics are never going to stop. Doogie Horner b...

LEGO Sloth-Bot Can Climb, Can't Cuddle

As if the robot gods had come down and granted your writer's wish of combining her favorite things, the X-4 "Sloth" is a Bradypodidae-inspired 'bot made out of NXT Mindstorms LEGO. Sure, its three-toed hustle is painfully slow, but it manages to climb and release without any assistance. But you know what it can't do? Steal your heart with its widdle nose. See it ascend after the break....

Hitachi's 'Minority Report' Interface, Inaugural Posts on Popular Sites

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. UI designers aren't going to relax until they perfect the 'Minority Report' interface, and the latest gestural attempt from Hitachi lets users swing their hands arou...

Creepy Robot Babies Compared, Tracking the World Cup via Facebook Buzz

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Robot designers insist on pushing up against the uncanny valley when building robotic children, a terrifying trend that Erico Guizzo has plotted out on a New York Ma...

The 25,000 LEGO Brick Buffet, Roger Ebert Reveals His Twitter Addiction

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Dutch design company Minale-Maeda chucked the brazilwood and the Corian for this truly exquisite buffet commissioned by Droog, the funky and pricey design outfit that ...

Geek Builds Printer from LEGOs. Need We Say More?

A b3ta user who goes by the handle "squirrelfantasy" has no small amount of know-how when it comes to LEGOs and the inner workings of printers. Having just written that sentence, we won't regret dubbing this gent an über-nerd, because he applied those twin fonts of knowledge when he built an inkjet-type printer out of LEGOs and felt-tip markers. It's not exactly fast, but -- unless you're...

Stop-Motion Video Game Battle: Who Will We Crown the Victor?

It's Memorial Day Weekend, so how about a little stop-motion video game battle? We don't want you to have to think too hard while you're drinking yourself into the emergency room (in honor of the men and women who have died in service to our country, of course). So, we submit to you two amateur videos that have recently hit the Interwebs for a little compare/contrast debate. Check out the vids ...

LEGO Engineer Pieces Together a Truly Useless, but Sinister, Machine

It should absolutely go without saying that geeks love LEGO. The LEGO affair has spawned an infinite array of designs and contraptions, which typically forces block-heads to exponentially increase the size, complexity and scope of their creations. YouTuber and LEGO engineer Invisibules has shed those expansive trappings, though, and crafted a compact, interlocking machine that is simplistically (...

Stop-Motion 'Star Wars' Revitalizes LEGO Adaptations

Since toy building-block fans, both children and adults, have seemingly constructed LEGO-everything, you'd think, at this point, it would be impossible to craft innovative, entertaining, and noteworthy interlocking art forms. Somehow, despite that overabundance of blocks, though, a group of impressively skilled stop-motion 'Star Wars' fans has painstakingly pieced together an admirable and incred...

Cityscapes Built from Old 8-Bit Games, YouTube's Best Keytar Solos

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Flickr user Max Capacity [AM] lifts pixels from old videogames to build 8-bit cityscapes, from San Francisco to New York. [From: flickr] Kick your weekend off righ...

Philly Zoo Recreates Endangered Animals in LEGO

When endangered species die In St. Louis, the zoos turn to animatronics. Creepy, unconvincing animatronics. Hipper areas like Philly (which we loath to throw any praise at, being from NYC) take the opportunity to show off legitimate works of art in an effort to draw attention to the species that might be following the Dodo towards extinction. 'Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion-Piece Animal Adv...