EMS Labs’ review of Forbidden LEGO

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Windell of Evil Mad Scientist Labs got a copy of the new No Starch Press title “Forbidden LEGO.” He explains the idea behind the book:

Forbidden Lego is written by a pair of Lego master builders, who used to work in designing advanced Lego sets (e.g., Mindstorms). While they obviously got to work on lots of cool things while they were there, there were certain projects that just turned out not to be suitable to be made into kits released by the Lego company. They wrote the book to give some kind of a tantalizing hint at the kinds of things that go on behind the scenes at Lego, and the kinds of neat things that might get released in a world without product liability suits.

To try out the projects in the book, he built the “High Velocity Automatic Lego Plate Dispenser,” seen in the above video. He built it within a few hours of getting the book in the mail. His verdict on the book? “Yes, you want a copy.”

Book Review (and build!): Forbidden Lego – Link

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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