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Last night, a bunch of the MAKE team went to San Francisco to put on a little Maker Faire preview for attendees of the Google I/O conference at the Mascone Center. Besides MAKE/Make: Online, and Maker Shed, there were folks there from adafruit industries, Instructables, Evil Mad Scientist Labs, Sternlabs, Cyclcide, and more. We had a good time, met some interesting people, and convinced (hopefully) a bunch of them to join us for the Faire this weekend.

Here is one of the cool devices demoed at the Google I/O Conference Sandbox, It’s a dynamic Lego Bar Chart built using the Lego Mindstorms NXT System.

Lego Bar Chart

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Varnster says:

    I’d love to see this hooked up to windows media player to act as an equaliser visualisation. Good use of the Mindstorms kit :D

  2. Anonymous says:

    I really would like to refrain from making a comment about it looking phallic;
    Too late!
    They could have at least used a different color.

    1. j2 says:

      It’s muppet colored, pervert…

      The problem with this is that if I built something I’d want to keep it, and keep on developing, and mindstorms is too expensive.