The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took over Las Vegas for the first week of January again this year, and it resulted in the usual predictable and nearly obligatory flood of “cool tech” coverage spilling out into every media outlet to scream Happy New Year to “Techies” all over the world. Somehow, though, is it just me, or did all of those new techie toys not seem quite as bright and shinny as usual this year?

Anyway, there was one new toy that did manage to catch my jaded eye. It isn’t a huge shocker that it is from LEGO 🙂

Lego Boost robot teaches younger kids to code and bring their own creations to life (Dean Takahashi, Venture Beat)
Lego Bricks Come Alive (Geoffrey A. Fowler, Wall Street Journal)

The news of this toy reminded me of another even cooler “LEGO thing” that I had seen recently — check out this 360° YouTube video (press and hold to explore it).

This video is particularly impressive because it was created entirely in Lego Digital Designer which is a free tool that was created and distributed by the LEGO company itself. Here is a video that gives you a sense of how it works.

Lego Digital Designer (Wikipedia)
Lego Digital Designer (Official Site)

Finally, while I was researching this post, I tripped over yet another fun gem. Check out this awesome history of LEGO done in the animation style of Santa Clause is Coming to Town.

If you’re a LEGO fan, here are some more fun resources…
Why we love Lego – leading psychologist reveals the ‘builder instinct’ is the key to the popularity of the toy (Eddie Wrenn, Daily Mail)
LEGO (Wikipedia)
LEGO Portal (Wikipedia)
LEGO (Official Site)

Enjoy & Happy New Year!

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