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Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'

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naperlou
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Amazing
naperlou   11/5/2012 10:41:27 AM
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We have a game at home that is a bit like this, but nothing so elaborate.  I have been to Legoalnd in Bilund a couple of times, but this even outdoes what they have there.  I am sure the Lego people love this.  Think of how many blocks they sold.

Jennifer Campbell
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Re: Amazing
Jennifer Campbell   11/5/2012 11:15:11 AM
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When I watch this video, I immediately think of a game called Mousetrap that I had as a kid. Of course, this blows that away by miles, but we had some good times playing that game. 

Naperlou, I'd love to hear Lego's reaction to this project, too.

 

 

 

Elizabeth M
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Wow
Elizabeth M   11/5/2012 12:22:45 PM
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That must've been some labor of love for someone to put the time, effort and painstaking detail into such an ambitious project. Who knew you could do something like this with Legos! I'm impressed.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Ideas for Revenue-?
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   11/5/2012 12:55:13 PM
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,,,and not ONE loose ball, rolling on the wood floor!  Then, at the point where the robot arm was taking shots at the hoop (and hitting about 90%) I burst out laughing!!   ,,, So much fun, just to watch!  Maybe the designer needs some suggestions on how to turn a profit on this ,,,,

1. Break up the modules individually and document as lessons in Automation.

2. Sell it to Disney. (heard they're in a "buying" mood; just paid LucasFilms $4B for STARWARS,,,)

3. (who's got an idea-?)

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Cadman-LT   11/5/2012 1:37:43 PM
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Wow is right. Crazy insane is another way to put it! If he needs a job I think that video could get him a mechanical design job anywhere!

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   11/5/2012 2:51:54 PM
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Wow. This is a magnificent machine. Who on earth has the time to build something like this? I hope it's on display somewhere. I've seen a machine like this -- but not as elaborate -- in a science museum.

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Charles Murray   11/5/2012 7:05:35 PM
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I agree, Jenn. The Mousetrap game was my first thought, too. It also reminds me of the contraption that used to be in the concourse at Logan Airport in Boston, except this is much more complex.

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I wasn't going to watch the whole thing
TJ McDermott   11/5/2012 11:54:47 PM
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I swore I wasn't.  Weak, weak, weak I am.

Any idea as to basic Lego part count in this video?  Not the motors, sensors, and controllers necessary from the MindStorm kits.  I'm talking about the basic static Lego parts.  They average about $.10 a piece (so a 500 part kit in the store should run about $50 in the USA).  I'm curious about what we just watched cost the builder.

I was fortunate to visit BrickCon in Seattle last month.  I saw a large-scale Hogwarts model in such intricate detail.  I think I was looking at close to a quarter-million dollars in bricks alone.

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mrdon   11/6/2012 3:00:53 AM
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TJ McDermott, I watched approximately 3mins of the video and I was blown away by the shear complexity of the machine. There's a lot of cool manufacturing processes and automation techniques that can be learned by watching this magnificent machine in operation. What a cool video!!!

mrdon
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Re: Wow
mrdon   11/6/2012 3:10:02 AM
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Elizabeth M, I agree. It's quite ironic that a video on LEGO engineering was aired on Design News when in my Control Systems class I showed a couple of videos illustrating mechatronics applications using the LEGO NXT-Mindstorms kit. Such a cool video and I will definitely be showing this magnificent machine to my class next week. Awesome engineering!!!

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