Lego Gadgets: Build Your Own!

Lego Gadgets: Build Your Own!

Joel Pirela
Sep 17, 2010

Oh Legos! the crazy tiny bricks from Denmark! They are timeless, classic, affordable and with all those bright colors! From kindergarten toddlers, schoolchildren and teenagers to young-at-heart adults. There's something for everyone - whether you prefer making things up as you go or building predesigned models. The sky is the limit on what you can create from them and by looking at some recent offerings today, I think they are here to stay.
From houses to cameras, you can build anything!

James May from Top Gear in the UK, made a house out of the little bricks. The two-story Lego palace is located in the middle of a vineyard and has a working bathroom. James used bricks pieced together by 272 Legos. Over three million bricks were used so that's about 816 million Lego pieces. Quite an amazing job.

The Lego Telescope by Alan Rifkin, who modified only five of the more than 1000 LEGO pieces he used to fashion the fully functional telescope. This telescope is made almost entirely of Lego Bricks. The only non Lego parts are the lens and the tripod. There are no Metal parts other then the tripod legs. All the parts are standard Lego pieces except the objective lens, eyepiece, and the tripod base. The finder is designed to be easily removable. All the other parts are removable of course, but not as easily. There is no glue or tape holding it all together.

It uses standard 1 1/4" Eyepieces. Focusing is done by gently sliding the White tube in and out. Magnification is 20X with the 25mm.

On the the Pentax Optio RS1000, the bricks themselves aren't actually Lego, they're Nanoblocks made by Japanese firm Diablock.  Unfortunately they're also incompatible with Lego, which seems a shame, but considering Pentax includes a template for you to cut out pictures and make RS1000 skins, you could always create your own Lego version.
The Diablock version of the Optio RS1000 will be offered only in Japan, priced at around 20,000 yen ($239).  It'll go on sale later this year.

Then we have this New ODM JCDC Lego Pop Hours Watches from Designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, from the same ODM watch company we mentioned before. Fashion designer JC de Castelbajac, the self-styled King of Cartoon, was inspired by his childhood love of Lego to create the JC/DC Pop Hours watch. Each link in the chunky strap looks like a brick from that classic toy. It has cool invisible buttons that are touch-sensitive and the oversized LED display can be set to scroll the date, time and a message. The backlight reveals the JC/DC logo and it comes in a fantastic box like a Rubik's cube.

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