Back in April this year we stumbled across a very cool, OK, massively nerdy project. LEGO have produced a vast array of pieces over the years, everything from a flaming sword to a Deadpool duck head. No, we don’t know why either. Most of LEGO’s pieces however, are rather useful, but with so many made how do you know what it is you have (and need more of)? Piqabrick have the answer.
“Thanks to Artificial Intelligence, Piqabrick instantly identifies Lego bricks’ code, simplifying the long-lasting operations of searching and sorting.
Piqabrick easily and quickly identifies any Lego brick providing you the ID code and color code. How? Thanks to our proprietary computer vision technology. Piqabrick “looks at” a brick to identify it, just like we already do… but better!”
Sounds cool right? OK, not cool – massively nerdy again, but really bloody useful. Better still, Piqabrick has no monthly or yearly fee: it’s free for a lifetime.
If you’d like to find out more about how Piqabrick works and pledge so that the tool can become a reality then visit the Piqabrick Kickstarter campaign via the link below!
LEGO have released literally thousands of brick designs over the years (anyone know how many?). Some of them weren’t even bricks either (take a look at this, this, and even this monstrosity…).
That can make identifying one a real pain, but good news! Cue the nerdiest thing we’ve ever posted (ok, since this at least) – PIQABRICK!
PIQABRICK is effectively a 3D scanner that can identify any LEGO piece, even the oddities above, revealing the part code that can be dropped into third-party brick marketplaces such as BrickOwl and Bricklink.
Now obviously you have to own the piece that you want to identify already, but for those more seriously into the art of LEGO model making, or the few that do it professionally, PIQABRICK could save hours of research.
60 years ago today the founder of The LEGO Company Godtfred Kirk Christiansen filed a patent for a little interlocking brick formed of studs and tubes.
A few months later patent approval was granted, and The LEGO Company became the owner of what would become probably the most valuable toy patent in history.
Six decades on and LEGO have become the largest toy maker on the planet, and even though Godtfred’s original patent has expired – allowing countless imitators to emerge – The LEGO Company continues to build its success upon a little plastic brick designed 60 years ago.
It’s time for something very very special. This incredible Technic creation is the latest build from the brilliant Lucio Switch, and it’s one of the finest examples of Technic engineering that you will find anywhere on the ‘net.
Based on the Iveco Trakker 8×8 dump truck Lucio’s creation is packed full of magnificent technical wizardry. The extensive list of functions includes a working 8×8 remote control drivetrain, with four XL Motors providing the drive whilst another two Servo Motors steer the first and second axles. Each axle is suspended, with Technic shock absorbers damping the front two axles and working leaf springs managing the rearmost two.
A fifth motor powers a pneumatic pump that supplies pressure to three cylinders and valves which tilt the cab, raise and lower the load bed, and allow pneumatic pressure to reach a rear trailer hitch. Four sets of LEDs illuminate the front and rear lights, a sixth motor controls a working winch, and there’s a realistic inline 6-cylinder piston engine mounted under the cab. All of these functions can be controlled via a bluetooth device thanks two two third-party SBricks linked to twin on-board LiPo batteries.