One of the first pieces of techie heaven that many of us encounter is LEGO. If the fascination has stayed with you, which it often does, and creating more complex sculptures and displays is a fulltime occupation then there are a number of more modern day must have techie gadgets you’ll love. Here are just a few examples to compliment your LEGO creations and LEGO lifestyle. All of them are suitable for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages and will also suit any retro-design fan.
Protecting your valuables
An iPhone without a case is an accident waiting to happen, as my late iPhone would testify, if it still could. However, a suitable case for these miracles of modern technology is hard to find. The Tinker Brick is the case of choice for the discerning master LEGO builder about town – or about to build a replica town. Stylish in itself, it’s also compatible with the real thing and you can create a case, stand or holder to suit your needs or your taste.
The basis for many a stylish retro-design, there is very little that you can’t do with LEGO as any enthusiast will know. Adapting the look to create a watch and strap is, therefore, not a great leap and for serious LEGO builders, who like all builders need to keep one eye on the clock, the watch is a perfect solution. It’s also funky, retro and ideal for those who love their design quirky and unique – LEGO fan or not.
Music soothes the savage beast and it also calms the creative mind. For those who need a little background inspiration, or for pint-sized music fans, the LEGO based speaker systems, alarm clocks and audio players are a must. Designed to mimic these building blocks of the mind there are a range of speakers, music players and alarm clocks. For those who need a little inspiration to face the day and love all things LEGO, the alarm clock variety is perfect.
On the same theme comes the perfect iPod dock; available in silver or gold, the replica blocks could well become style icons in their own right. These beautiful creations are perfect additions to any home and like all LEGO inspired design combine simplicity, retro-looks and functionality to create a beautiful, understated feature for any room.
Building design requires a well thought out plan and some serious calculations. The Lego based calculator is a tool that you shouldn’t be without. Designed with the keys formed from the LEGO studs, the block-like shape of a standard calculator looks so much better recreated in LEGO. Even the LCD figures look somehow LEGO-like.
Close up encounters
Once complete your LEGO design, structure, sculpture or cityscape should be ready for its close up. However, a standard camera will simply not do. A LEGO camera is a must! Again the generally block shape structure of your average camera is perfectly suited to a bit of LEGO inspired blinging-up. LEGO is, as any enthusiast will tell you, not only an amazing source of inspiration – a retro icon, but also a flexible format to work in. The beauty of LEGO gadgets is that if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, then you can always build it yourself!
Article by Guest Author: Carlo Pandian
Carlo Pandian is a freelance writer and blogs on LEGO, technology and entertainment covering everything from LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester activities to the latest iPhone apps. When he’s not online or cycling around town, he enjoys trying new things to do and spending days out in the countryside with his family.
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