Standing in front of a classic turntable, you might not expect to be impressed by the brick work
But it’s the first thing that comes to mind when beholding the sci-fi hi-fi created by Korean Lego artist Hayarobi.
No detail is overlooked on Hayarobi’s record player, which he called The Planet. It consists of more than 2,400 pieces and is powered by a Lego Power Functions Battery Box and LEGO Power Functions M-Motor, according to Huh Magazine.
Hayarobi even created a tube amp and speaker cases. Lego tires, like those for cars and trucks, are used as counterweights on the tonearm. It plays 33 1/3 and 45 records and was featured at the 2014 Seoul Brick Pop Art Exhibition in November.
Artists like Hayarobi are a unique subset of the LEGO culture, able to imagine details and shapes not immediately apparent when looking at loose bricks in a box.
To view other pieces by him, there is a Korean website for Lego enthusiasts. You may not be able to understand the text, but the pictures of Hayarobi’s work tell enough of a story about the way the artist’s eye sees no limits.
Hayarobi also seems to have a pretty good ear for making Legos sound good. See and listen for yourself with the YouTube video below showing The Planet making music.
Tortoises are born with houses on their backs. But what if their legs aren’t strong enough to move about with such a burden?
A veterinarian in Germany found a solution for one gimpy tortoise by raiding his son’s toy collection: Dr. Carsten Plischke used Lego bricks to make a kind of scooter for Blade, a shellback that has difficulties walking because of a growth disorder.
Pilschke glued Lego bricks and two sets of wheels to the belly of Blade after the creature was brought in by its owner, Iris Peste, of Enger, Germany.
“For people there are walkers … or prostheses but for animals there are no companies that produce something like that,” Pilschke told The Daily Mail. “The size variation of animals means they can’t establish uniform products. So you have to come up with creative solutions.”
Blade’s muscle weakness is temporary, so he will eventually return to Pilschke to have the wheels removed. In the meantime, the tortoise is enjoying a little Internet fame along with the added mobility. A YouTube video showing the fitting of Blade’s Lego wheels has been viewed more than 17,000 views.
Legos are for children of all ages, so whether you’re an actual child or just having a little building fun as an adult here’s a great video for your holiday week. YouTube user Isaac Ray specializes in making Lego animation videos and his latest shows you how to build an Apple Mac Computer (looks like an iMac) out of spare Lego parts. It’s adorable, well shot, and something we’re going to try to build this weekend while visiting family. You can, and should, check out the rest of Isaac’s videos here.
Love Lego? Love iOS? Prepare to get your chocolate in your peanut butter.
Lego has just started selling Lego Fusion, a series of toys that blend everyone’s favorite plastic bricks with iOS gaming.
Fusion is different from games like Lego Star Wars. Designed for kids 7 and up, each Lego Fusion set is made up of standard-ish Lego bricks, a Fusion capture plate and an associated iOS app.
The Fusion capture plate allows iOS to identify the size and color of the bricks you’re using, courtesy of your device’s camera. The structure you are building is then imported into the app as a full 3-D model.
Legos tend to be expensive, but the sets in the Lego Fusion series are surprisingly affordable, given how they bridge both virtual and physical play spaces: You can buy one of four sets from Lego now — Town Master, Battle Towers, Resort Designer and Create & Race — for just $34.99.
The sugru community developed what has to be the cutest cable organization system ever created. The do-it-yourself solution pairs sugru with LEGO minifigures, which are sized perfectly for holding Apple charging and other similar cables. Sugru sticks to most materials, allowing you to attach the minifigs to your desk, car dashboard or anywhere else you need them.
You can watch this video below and be inspired to create your own clever cabling system. It’s about the best thing to come along since sliced bread.
Add this one to your Christmas list, Belkin has released a Lego Builder Case for the iPad mini. Incorporating a polycarbonate shell and a smart cover, the party piece is the Lego panel on the rear that you can actually use as a base to build your Lego creations on.
While this might hamper using your iPad mini somewhat, this case has fantastic geek appeal, especially heading into the holiday season. It comes in a choice of red, green or yellow all with a blue Lego panel in the middle and will cost £44.99 in the UK when it goes on sale.
Who wants one? I know I do!