Not just kids, either.
These 10 amazing Lego Mindstorms projects will show you what I mean.
1. Lego plays the guitar
I know what you feel. You’ve been playing guitar for years, and even the beats of Rocksmith 2014 won’t give you the confidence to get to the end of a track from memory.
You might be thinking «let’s play with Lego instead»… only to find that some weirdo has hacked to death a guitar-playing Lego robot with its Mindstorms set. Disgusting, isn’t it?
The melody you can choke above is little talks an English-language Icelandic five-piece » Monsters and people» . Like me, you may not be familiar with the original, which you can view on YouTube if you want to compare.
2. Can’t handle a Rubik’s Cube? lego can
Of course, cheating is much faster than creating a robot that does it for you — but WOW! I’m not sure what impressed me the most: his ability to solve the puzzle as a whole, his face recognition and row rotation, or just the pull mechanism that flips the cube.
Brilliant. But if you need inspiration for a faster Rubik’s Cube solving robot, this beauty should fill your needs.
3 Lego ATM
While we don’t recommend building one of these and installing it at your local store, it makes for a great money dispenser machine at home. From a security point of view, there is obviously no keypad to enter a PIN, and any cash that is stored inside can be easily stolen using one of those orange Lego brick splitting tools.
But as a concept, it’s amazing to consider. We’re also impressed with this second ATM build, using the old NXT kit, which not only dispenses money, but also accepts it as a deposit!
4. Vending Machine Booster Pack Pokémon
MANDATORY POKEMON MENTION.
It might not be Pokémon Go (it predates the mobile battery disaster by a couple of months), but this vending machine is a great example of the love Pokémon fans have for… hmm, what are you collecting? Virtual pets or something else?
(And develop them too? Wow. Darwin would be so proud.)