April 17, 2013

Arduino-powered LEGO brick tester

 If you've ever wondered how many times two LEGO pieces can be attached together then removed before they wear out - this project by Phillipe Cantin will set you on the course of discovery and answer the question. He made a simple rig that holds one piece of LEGO still and another servo arm that pushes and pulls another piece onto the stationary piece - all controlled by an Arduino. The process begins and after some time the pieces will possibly wear out and ... there you have it. More information can be found in the following video:

Make sure you use strong, high-torque servos otherwise the LEGO might outlast the servos. Head over to Phillipe's website for this and other interesting Arduino<>LEGO projects. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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