background preloader


Facebook Twitter

The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up. 20 July 2014Last updated at 20:12 ET By Mario Cacciottolo BBC News Magazine A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides. "Let me see if I can find a cutlass," says Tracey Williams, poking around some large rocks on Perran Sands with a stick. She doesn't manage that, but does spot a gleaming white, pristine daisy on the beach in Perranporth, Cornwall. The flower looks good for its age, seeing as it is 17 years old. It is one of 353,264 plastic daisies dropped into the sea on 13 February 1997, when the container ship Tokio Express was hit by a wave described by its captain as a "once in a 100-year phenomenon", tilting the ship 60 degrees one way, then 40 degrees back.

"These days the holy grail is an octopus or a dragon. Lost Lego Pieces Cargo included: More from the Magazine. L'ordinateur en Lego inspiré par Alan Turing. Digital Designer Virtual Building Software. Digital Designer You CAN NO longer order your models. The original Design byMe vision was for a unique customization service, where consumers could design whatever they imagined on their computer, and buy the real model in their own LEGO box. Design byMe attracted several million people each year to build a huge range of amazing creations using the LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) software.

Despite this success, the overall Design byMe experience has struggled to live up to the quality standards for a LEGO service. As a result, the LEGO® Design byME service was closed in January 2012. Where did my models go? You can still design what you want with LEGO Digital Designer and upload models into a public gallery on the new LEGO Digital Designer website. All of your old existing models have been transferred the new LDD gallery . What about other Custom products? This is not the end of customization for the LEGO Group, but a revision. Finally... Please contact our consumer service department if you have any additional questions.

MIT Researchers Use Legos To Solve Real-Life Problems. CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – From the blockbuster movie, to the new Legoland Discovery Center opening in Somerville at the end of the month, the old school children’s toy is a modern day hit. Across the river in Cambridge, there is evidence that Legos are also a hit with researchers.

It turns out, the brainiest of the brainiacs at MIT are also Legomaniacs. Ira Winder is a researcher and project manager of CityScience at the MIT Media Lab. He’s using Legos to study the “walkability” of a city. MIT’s Lego version of Kendall Square in Cambridge. (WBZ-TV) “The Legos help me express the ideas I’m really passionate about,” he said. He builds Lego models of cities, then projects computer data onto the Legos so researchers can test how changes to infrastructure will affect real life. Winder is currently helping city planners in Australia increase the walkability score of a proposed new city.

It’s not just in Ira’s office. Legos litter the landscape here. One of the many creations in the MIT Media Lab. The bricks that keep building - Features – N by Norwegian. There are over 400 billion pieces of Lego in existence. That’s more than 80 interlocking Lego toy parts for every person on the planet. Lego now exists on our iPhones and game consoles; and when the trailer went up for The Lego Movie, released early next year, starring Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman, six million people saw it in the first week. However, just 10 years ago the Danish company behind this massive global phenomenon was on the verge of going bust. “In 2003, Lego was universally acclaimed as the greatest toy of the 20th century,” says David Robertson, the author of Brick by Brick, a book on the business behind Lego, “yet the toymaker was months away from insolvency.”

How, exactly, did the Billund-based company go from near-collapse to last year becoming the world’s most valuable toy company, with a value of US$14.6 billion (NOK87 billion), after profit increases of more than 40 per cent every year for the past five years? Click through to the second page for a Lego timeline. Research Institute  "I bough this together with the exo suit which is a superior set to this one from my point ofview but this one is awesome also and I will say why: + there are 3 minifigs (happen to be female) these minifigs look to me like standard female characters already available so not a big "whoa" but OK they are fine ;) + 3 small setups make a room for more creativity and combinations + price is good!

Finally a ideas/cuusoo smaller set that is not so expensive like the rest. + this set somehow came out in the right time after some letter posted on the blogs even if it had nothing to do with it .. people think it has so LEGO hit 2 points with one shot! ;) GOOD for LEGO :) - I fear this set will be perma sold out and will be hard to get for those that it was aimed at .. The build is quite easy so I don´t think it needs much attention. So in all aspects this is a fine set with a very fair price. I attach the original proposals ;)" LEGO Foundation LEGO Foundation - Research & Learning - Foundation Research - Cultures of Creativity. Eduardo O.E.M.C. Chaves Play and Learning: One Brazilian’s View We human beings, have two basic tasks when we are born: one, immediate and extremely urgent; the other, long term. The first of these two tasks is to survive.

We are all born, as it were, prematurely and ill-equipped to live. We are born incompetent in the most elementary tasks: we are not able to feed ourselves, to communicate, to walk, to defend and protect ourselves against the elements, against other animals or even against other human beings. Click to download the full essay. Lego birds by Tom Poulsom. Diana Beltran Herrera (the artist who made those incredible paper birds) pointed me to these Lego birds by Tom Poulsom. He’s hoping Lego will actually turn them into real building sets so if you like them let him know here. More birds below! Tom Poulsom on Flickr. Clue. Lego Dance by Annette Jung. Lego Thriller by Annette Jung. Lego Recreations of Famous Movie Scenes.

You’re never too old to play with toys! Lucky for us, twenty-one year old Alex Eylar still uses his Legos to hilariously re-create some of the most famous movie scenes of our time. Based in Oakland, Eylar goes by the name Profound Whatever on Flickr, where he shares his extensive collection of staged scenes starring an entirely Lego cast. From symbolic dramas, to action-packed blockbusters, to cult classics, Eylar has a way of making his chosen scenes recognizable, despite the minimal expression provided in the plastic faces. Aside from movie scenes he has an awesome series of crime scene possibilities from the board game Clue, using Legos of course. See Also LEGO BIRDS IN REAL LIFE Above: American Beauty Below: Clockwork Orange Inception James Bond Modern Times Pulp Fiction Raging Bull Raiders of the Lost Ark Star Wars The Addams Family The Big Lebowski The Godfather The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly The Shining Via: Lego for Big Boys: habitable shipping containers.

Habitable shipping containers promise cheap, modular and comfortable housing. Cars, washing machines, televisions: almost everything we can buy today is assembled on the conveyor belt of some factory. But our houses are still built on the spot by a team of workers. Accompanied by lots of noise for the neighbours, and hampered by the weather.

That could change: a growing number of architects see the very thing in habitable shipping containers. It is perfectly possible to build ready-made houses in a factory, but the problem is to get them to where you want them. But some architects are trying to change that. Please take your room with you The combination of mobility and modularity offers interesting possibilities. Dutch company Tempohousing sells habitable shipping containers measuring 30 square meters. The village also includes a supermarket, a launderette, a restaurant and a fitness centre, all built with shipping containers. Mass housing Taboo Made in China. Home | Brickset: LEGO set guide and database.

Collection: LEGO.

Seriously Lego

Go Team! Games Educate. New Gaming. Games. Robotica. New Engineers. Other Robot Connections. Robot Toys.