Lego: Women of NASA

One of my hobbies is Lego. This weekend I assembled the new box Women of NASA. From left to right (click on the picture for larger version):

Margaret Hamilton, head of software engineering during the Apollo moon missions

Astronauts Dr Mae Jemison and Sally Ride

Dr Nancy Roman, chief astronomer at NASA and in charge of the development of the Hubble Telescope.

Steampunk Lego Nautilus

Today one of my buddies showed me a tentative Lego set with captain Nemo, the submarine Nautilus and other stuff from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, though visually based on the old Disney movie. It is currently a project proposal at Lego’s website and it needs a few more supporting clicks before Lego considers manufacturing it.

Check it out here — link >>>


Lovelace and Babbage in Lego

Lego enthusiast Stewart Lamb Cromar is currently proposing a LEGO set containing Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage and the Babbage Analytical Engine. If he can gather 10,000 supporters during 2015, the Lego company will evaluate its commercial potential. So if you like this idea, please click on the following link to go to the LEGO Ideas website to read more about it and give it your approval — link >>>

Child Prosthetics Lego-style

Colombian designer Carlo Arturo Torres has designed new prosthetic technology for children in conjunction with Lego’s experimental research department Future Lab, and Cirec, a Colombia-based company for physical rehabilitation. Using sensors to track muscle movement in the stump, a signal is sent to control the robotic attachment. The young wearers will be able to customize it according to their wishes and needs.

Read more here — link >>>

Minimalist LEGO Star Wars

When I was a kid in the 1960s, I was a great LEGO fan, even though the selection of blocks and pieces was far more limited then than today. My crowning achievement was the construction of a 1½ foot model of the fictional Swedish navy corvette HMS Medelpad.

AT-ST combat walker in 20 LEGO pieces

My kids are unfortunately not into LEGO at all, despite the sets I have given them over the years.

Anyhow, I felt quite amused when I found this article (link >>>) dealing with minimalist design challenges, i.e. building tiny Star Wars craft with no more than twenty LEGO pieces each. I wish that would have been possible when I was young.