Martin Sanders, LEGO’s Director of Innovation took the stage to showcase LEGO’s integration with Apple’s new revelation of ARKit 2 during the 2018 World Wide Developers Conference in San Jose earlier this week. ARKit 2 is a platform that allows developers like LEGO to integrate shared experiences, bringing together a virtual experienced tied to a physical play set.
Chris McVeigh (powerpig) has made something of a specialty in must-have, palm-sized LEGO models of retro technology. His body of work includes some iconic videogame consoles, cameras, phones, televisions and even kitchen appliances (but thankfully no fax machines yet).
In my opinion though, his latest creation – the very first Apple home computer – tops even his amazingly popular Apple Mac. But then I’m biased, because this was the first computer I ever owned! He’s nailed it, right down to the dual floppies, side vents and internal card layout. And the addition of custom printed bricks by customBricks for the screen really brings the whole thing to life.
But fear not, fellow old-timers, you don’t have to just gaze longingly at these wonderful images. Get your nostalgia on, and head over to Chris’s website where you can download instructions for many of his creations, or even order them as kits. And you won’t even have to send a check in the mail…
Isn’t modern technology wonderful?!
We often admire buildings and spaceships for having a “detailed interior,” but it’s not often I get to say that about a LEGO computer. This Apple II Plus (or Apple ][+ if you want to get technical) by Chiu-Kueng Tsang (chiukeung) certainly recreates the look of this classic computer from the era before Apple made its first Mac.
But I’m most impressed that Chiu-Kueng even built the internal hardware — perhaps a bit of that whopping 48 KB of RAM.
Cam M. built himself a nifty little stand to hold his iPhone so that he can actually steer while playing car racing games. Cam utilized a Smallworks Brickcase to attach the phone, but it would still be possible to do something like this without such a case. I think I may have just found myself a project for this weekend.
Here it is in action:
It appears we have featured this type of thing previously, however, this doesn’t make Cam’s any less awesome :)
We love Chris McVeigh (powerpig on Flickr) for the many real-world objects he recreates so faithfully — and photographs so beautifully — in LEGO. His latest is the original Apple Macintosh. That thing over on the left is called a “mouse.”
While we’re at it, here’s a wonderful little Leica M9 camera we didn’t get to a couple weeks ago.
If you feel like buying one for yourself, it’s available in Powerpig’s store.
Ever wanted a native iPhone experience for browsing LEGO news and creations on The Brothers Brick? Well, now there’s an app for that. The Bricking News app — developed by FBTB’s Ace Kim — lets you access FBTB, Eurobricks, Brickset, and The Brothers Brick, along with an easier way to view LEGO pictures on Flickr.
Check out Bricking News in the iTunes App Store, and download it for just 99 cents.
Michael Huffman, creator of the wonderful LEGO image aggregation site BrickBuildr, has just announced the release of an online tool for the Apple iPhone to check the inventory of your local LEGO Store’s Pick-a-Brick wall.
Using iPick-a-Brick, you can select an order in which to display your results and you can filter by either color or part type.
Here are a couple photos showing iPick-a-Brick in action (courtesy Joe Meno):
And a couple screen shots:
The inventory is currently limited to the Orlando store, but additional stores will become available as people throughout the country begin contributing information. If you’d like to contribute data to this project, please contact Mike using the contact info in his LUGNET post.
If you’re reading this from an iPhone (and I know some of you are), you can access iPick-a-Brick from the following address: