In my youth I was infatuated with LEGO, and had the good fortune of obliging parents. All of my birthday and Christmas presents were invested in a growing city which enveloped most of my room:
Throughout college, if I ever used LEGO it was for robotics or prototyping mechanical designs. More recently however, I've started telling stories with my creations.
For example, here's a typical day at the office for my better half:
Finding black minifigs is no picnic - only one really exists, the Bespin Guard for an out-of-production Star Wars set.
This is me in my natural habitat; at my corner computer desk, somewhere between coffee and beer:
We'd go on various adventures together:
Eventually she got a new outfit:
This is a quadruped robot based on LEGO's ATAT; I swear, you can put a cat in any video and it'll get youtube hits:
A nifty little creation charitably nicknamed the "creepysaucer" because, according to some friends, its pilot looked like Michael Jackson. I guess it's the white gloves... though I swear this is a stock minifig from the Airport Shuttle set. Spinning a little wheel on the bottom would rotate the chair.
RoboClub got a bunch of random LEGO, and Priya challenges me to build "something with gears," so I oblige. 4 wheels power the rotating arm and fan-thing, the motors are just for counterweight ironically.
A little sub I made; not super innovative, but I still liked it. I really need a better alternative than the "lego bluescreen."
A Mindstorms-controlled elevator and observation deck for my legotown, back from 1999:
A plane I made with four-bar linkage landing gear. I like the shape, anyway:
A simple scissor lift I made to see how much force I could squeeze out of the pneumatics:
I always enjoy teasing my cat with mechatronics; much fewer scratches that way.