You simply assembled a Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon. How cool would it not be in case your blocky creation might take flight?
A brand new system from Lego and Canada’s Queens College lets Lego lovers management and animate brick formations in middair. As soon as they’ve organized their sample on a particular Lego controller that may be twisted and bent, a swarm of quadcopters makes use of laptop imaginative and prescient to duplicate your sample as an in-air formation.
Utilizing tiny sensors and gyroscopes, the system additionally tracks when the (human) controller strikes the (Lego) controller, making the swarm of mini drones transfer in sort. The video demo under exhibits the quadcopter flock mimicking the form and colours of a bendable Lego butterfly embellished with pink, blue and inexperienced bricks.
The brand new expertise is on show on the Lego World expo in Copenhagen, the place guests can go hands-on with airborne brick creations by means of by means of Feb. 18.
And whereas the system is not flying to shops but, the Lego Inventive Play Lab, which focuses on future traits, sees it as a possible software for instructing younger college students about physics.
“Think about us interactively reconstructing the motion of planets round our solar or distant stars within the Milky Manner galaxy,” says Roel Vertegaal, a professor of human-computer interplay at Queens College and head of the varsity’s Human Media Lab, which made the system.
“With this expertise, we’re in a position to simulate the physics of the pure world like gravity, planetary orbits, and extra, giving youngsters an opportunity to see what they’ve lengthy realized from textbooks and two-dimensional depictions, in an actual bodily atmosphere.”
One other benefit of computer-controlled flying Legos? Serving to people keep away from the ache of stepping on the innocent-looking however painful little toys.