Remember playing with Legos as a kid and being always needing that one piece that you just saw 500 times before? Aparently horseattack, over on youtube, never had that problem.
I designed/built/coded it all from scratch including analog motor electronics, sensors and printer driver, the USB interface uses a “wiring” board.
All in the course of 3 weeks, the “Lego felt tip 110″ is still probably more reliable than my old HP Laserjet. Running at a speedy 1 ppm and 75 dpi, and complete with tiny Lego workers powering the entire rig.
The NASA Space Shuttle is flying its final missions this year. (Yes, I know. I’m sad too.) In honor of the Space Shuttle, LEGO has designed a new LEGO Space Shuttle model. Now you too can own a piece of NASA history using LEGO bricks. Just make sure that after you build it, you keep it far far away from relatives under the age of 14. If not, you’ll soon see pieces magically disappear or in random places around the house.
This is what happened to my old LEGO Space Shuttle with launchpad.
The left photo above is the set I used to own, before my relatives destroyed it. The photo on the right is the new set that I will own and no one but I will touch it! You can get your own for $100. Not sure yet on when it will be released. More photos and a LEGO Designer video past the break.
10213 Shuttle Adventure, Ages 16+, 1,204 pieces. US $99.99, CA $129.99, UK £ 79.99, DE 89.99 â‚¬ Blast off on an outer space mission!
Standing 17.5″ (44cm) tall and 10″ (25.5cm) from wing tip to wing tip, this detailed and realistic space shuttle is ready to count down and blast off on its next exciting mission into space! You can take off from the launch pad, separate the detachable fuel tank and booster rockets, and deploy the satellite with unfolding antenna and solar cell panels. Shuttle model features realistic engines, retractable landing gear, an opening cockpit with seats for 2 astronauts, opening cargo compartment with a crane that can hold the satellite and a ground maintenance vehicle. Includes 3 minifigures: 1 male and 1 female astronaut, as well as 1 service crew member.
Includes 3 minifigures: 1 male and 1 female astronaut as well as 1 service crew member!
Features realistic engines, retractable landing gear, opening cockpit with seats for 2 astronauts and even a ground maintenance vehicle!
Take off from the launch pad!
Separate the detachable fuel tank and booster rockets!
Deploy the satellite with unfolding antenna and solar cell panels!
Open the cargo compartment to reveal the crane that can hold the satellite!
Shuttle Adventure stands 17.5″ (44cm) tall and measures 10″ (25.5cm) from wing tip to wing tip!
Second day at the GDC conference and I managed to hit one other interesting display for us gamers: the Sixense TrueMotion system. Available for demonstration using an in-house demo peripheral, Sixense hopes to ship this new motion-sensing technology for use in a new Razer product.
Where the Wii and the Sony Move rely on infrared detection, this new technology detects motion and position through magnetic fields. Each of the two remotes/paddles being used contains a magnet, and position and direction are defined by their relation to the surrounding magnetic field. Sixense hopes a planned product manufactured by Razor will be more precise than the Wiimote or the Sony Move. They plan to convert older titles for use with the Sixense.
The Sixense was originally planned to support casual games, but demonstrations with the new technology usinga converted Left 4 Dead 2 demonstrated its promise. Sixense had a booth available with the demo for play; it not only supported specific arcs of thrown grenades or aiming guns with both remotes, but also supported free-flowing control of the game’s sword, allowing for a variety of strokes and twirls. Precision and control both seemed more fluid than some wii titles, allowing for sweeping movements.
At this time, both the final price of any completed product and its release date are unknown. Sixense hopes for a winter release. They also hope to see the technology utilized in future releases.
Artist of the Week is back with this weeks featured artist Kirshna Sadasivam. Krishna was recently a guest on the PixelatedPodcast and has been doing his webcomic PC Weenies back before the term webcomic even existed. Our own mascot from PixelatedGeek Pleek was a guest star in PC Weenies click here for the Comic. Be sure to check out Kirshna’s Portfolio Site and Deviant Art.
I work as a professor at the Art Institute of Tampa – I also work as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. I recently self-published my first book, “PC Weenies: Rebootus Maximus”, featuring characters from my long running webcomic, “The PC Weenies”. When I’m not teaching, I spend the balance of my time between freelance work and my family.
Ever felt that afternoon crash around 2 or 3pm while at work? Energy drinks can get you peppy but leave you to crash later. Want real, sustained energy? Put an Arc Reactor on your chest. Get the same energy that can power a military grade suit for the price of a toy.
Ok, yes fine. The truth is, this Iron Man 2 toy doesn’t give you more energy than a Red Bull. It’s probably a battery power LED light inside of plastic. But isn’t part of the fun of being a kid playing pretend? So let me pretend! Available for pre-order now at Entertainment Earth for $7.59.
ThinkGeek does it again! On sale now are USB Lightsaber thumb drives imported form Japan! Japanese people are so cool. Now, I’m not sure if we are allowed to wield such power in our hands, but I don’t see anywhere on the site that says that you might be a Jedi or a Sith to receive one of these bad boys.
Available in both Jedi green and Sith red. The lightsaber glows when plugged into a USB slot and provides 1 GB of space for $19.99.
We posted last week that Blizzard had planned to release two new in-game pets along with matching plush toys. The World of Warcraft pet store has now added the two new pets for players to purchase. The Wind Rider Cub and the Gryphon Hatchling are available today at the Blizzard Store for $24.99. This price is $15 more than the previous two pets the store launched with. The reason being is the added bonus of receiving a plush toy of the pet you purchase. As another added bonus, you also receive a bag that has been printed with the symbol for the faction the pet is associated with. If the sales numbers for the previous pets are any indication of how much people love buying WoW related pets, there are going to be a lot of people cuddling up to WoW plushies really soon.
The 107th American International Toy Fair is taking place right now in New York City. I’m not a big toy collector (though I do still have my massive childhood collection of Ninja Turtles and He-Man action figures), but I think I just might need to pick up Hasbro’s newest Mr. Potato Head rendition. In honor of Iron Man 2 coming out this summer, they will be releasing “Tony Starch”, an Iron Man armor-clad Potato Head. Pure genius.
So I thought I’d search the web to find all the geeky Mr. Potato Heads that Hasbro has put out to date. Check after the jump to see what I found (including… Darth Tater). Read On
To me, most augmented reality applications are mostly useless. The term “augmented reality” makes me feel like I’m going to see something incredible, and then you realize all you can do is turn some thing on a screen. Pretty lackluster. This all changed for me today when I saw this video from Lego. They make turning some thing on a screen totally useful and impressive. Check out the video after the jump. I think this in-store augmented reality could really be the future of retail for “inside-the-box” products. Read On