LEGO has come a far way from the toys when I was a child. Smaller and more unique pieces have allowed for more intricate designs that come closer to the real world than ever before. While nature makes use of these intricacies, LEGO could not until the introduction of these pieces, which makes the creations in Beautiful LEGO Wild! by Mike Doyle possible.
I have had the occasion to talk to kids about technology in the recent past, and I like to use different hardware to demonstrate different concepts. Among the technologies I show the children is artificial intelligence, and the best way I have found to demonstrate it is with the Robotic Enhanced Vehicles (R.E.V.) from WowWee toys.
I’ve been spending a lot of time reading on my iPad lately. While it’s great between all the potential apps for reading, there are times where it’s just not the best tool for the job. Although I hadn’t touched an e-reader in a while, I was looking forward to trying out the Kobo Glo HD e-reader after seeing it at an event.
The inevitable zombie apocalypse will be upon us sooner than we think. Many of us think about what weapons we’ll use to battle them when it happens, and sometimes think about where we might hold up to defend ourselves from them, but what happens after that? How will we communicate with other survivors? Where will we get electricity? Luckily Simon Monk thought about these things and put them in The Maker’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse for us to have at the ready when the time comes.
With all the devices we have for our televisions, we become inundated with remotes. Our televisions, blu-ray/dvd players, cable boxes, AppleTVs, Rokus, etc. all come with remote controls to interface with each device. The solution is get the One Ring of remotes – one to rule them all. The Pronto and Peel app allows your smartphone to become that universal remote to control those devices.
I previously reviewed The LEGO Adventure Book Volume 1 and Volume 2. Both were excellent resources for building and learning how to build original creations with LEGO, so when I was offered The LEGO Adventure Book Volume 3, I had to check it out and see more of Megan Rothrock’s excellent work.
Two things that kids of all ages seem to love are dinosaurs and robots. Creating a hybrid of the two is just mad science on the level of Mecha Godzilla, but the folks at WowWee have done just that with their MiPosaur.
Walk around any major city and you’ll see people looking up at the buildings and admiring the architecture that surrounds them. Buildings of all shapes and sizes capture the imagination of those that look up at them. LEGO has even put out an architecture line to capture many of these famous buildings in their tiny plastic bricks, so it made sense for No Starch books to put out The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin.
The medieval period of English history is often romanticized. There have been a myriad of movies of the period and people attend renaissance festivals in attempts to reenact the period, and people often build castles out of LEGO, so a book combining the two makes perfect sense. Medieval LEGO by Greyson Beights from No Starch Press brings it all together to be a simple history book illustrated by LEGO creations.
Since the late 80s, the media has enchanted us with virtual reality. TV shows and movies had people in bulky rigs going into digital universes that were dreamlike. In reality, if you could find a VR rig, you were in a big ring, wearing heavy headgear, and holding a gun to shoot blocky, computerized caricatures. Twenty years later, VR has become democratized by devices such as the Dodocase VR.