Man creates motorized wheelchair out of Lego

first_imgIt takes a lot for someone to create a Lego contraption that makes you look twice these days, but Simon Burfield has managed to do just that. He created a fully functional motorized wheelchair, and although you might not ever see an elderly person sitting in this admittedly odd-looking chair, it would be really cool.The wheelchair uses the exceedingly versatile Lego Mindstorms NXT kits, which allow for sophisticated but user-friendly robotic applications using the plastic building blocks.Burfield put seven NXT micro-computers into the construction of the device, and there are no fewer than a dozen small robotic wheels attached. To control it, there is a joystick connected to four touch sensors — one each for forward, backward, left, and right. He claims it is capable of carrying up to nearly 200 pounds.Lego has done an incredible job of staying relevant for more than 60 years, and in many ways it is more relevant now than it has ever been. The concept of a privately owned toy company holding its own against Mattel and Hasbro almost seems inconceivable. Nevertheless, Lego has done exactly that.Part of the reason Lego is so popular has always been because the only rule it believes in is creativity. Creating one-of-a-kind Lego contraptions and showing them off to friends is the cornerstone of Lego, so the visibility of social platforms and viral images — like the wheelchair — has done a lot to make Lego even more fascinating. You also have to mention the Lego Cuus00 crowd-sourcing website, which has seen many new model kits go into production. The standout example being Minecraft Lego.More at Lego, via Gizmaglast_img