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November 12th 2015

WALL-E, Lego Ideas

In September, I purchased the latest Lego Ideas set: Disney Pixar’s Wall-E (Lego Ideas #12).

The whole premise behind Lego Ideas is that users can submit an idea for a Lego set which will be sold in shops. Wall-E was chosen as one of these designs. Surely everyone knows who Wall-E is? If you don’t, here’s a synopsis of the film from Wikipedia: “the story follows a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to clean up an abandoned, waste-covered Earth far in the future. He falls in love with another robot named EVE, who also has a programmed task, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity.”.

The Lego set wasn’t too hard to build however, it did take several hours (there’s a lot of pieces and it just takes time). I was very impressed with the final product and the cute little robot now lives on my desk. You can open the door on the front of him and the geek in me is tempted to put a motor in him, allowing him to move around. He also comes with his beloved plant too.

I got some feedback when I first tweeted about the build. Some people felt that Wall-E’s neck was a bit droopy. Admittedly, I thought that 5 minutes after I’d finished building him. I just angled his neck slightly and he now sits perfectly.

Personally, I think his eyes are the best part. Whilst they’re not particularly complex structures, they are so expressive. Lego have absolutely nailed it. Brilliant work.

January 4th 2014

Edimax EW-7811Un USB adapter blue light

Lego Light Shield

Recently, I purchased a couple of Edimax EW-7811Un USB adapters for both of my Raspberry Pis, making them wireless.  The Pi I use for the print server is sometimes left on overnight.  “No problem there”, you say.  Well, there is if you’re trying to sleep.  The light from the wi-fi adapter constantly blinks, indicating it’s connected.  At night, this blinking light reflects off the whiteboard in the corner of my room, and it’s rather irritating when you’re dozing off.

Now, there are multiple solutions to the problem.  1) I could turn the Pi off at night.  2) I could modify the driver and turn the light off.  3)  Lego.  Yes, Lego.

If you want to hide the blue blinking light at night, then this Lego build is for you!  Problem solved.