These Artificially Intelligent Legos Look Awesome

Motorized Legos fight under human or computer command.

For better or worse, Legos haven’t changed all that much since the company’s founding back in 1932. But a partnership with Sony might change the classic bricks into semi-autonomous machines.

IDG News Service took a tour of Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Tokyo, and found a series of wired Legos, complete with cameras, motors, and a dash of artificial intelligence, all stuffed inside special bricks. As part of a demonstration, a motorized Lego platform controlled by a computer squared off against a platform controlled by a human with a PlayStation controller. The computer’s platform used a camera to locate and chase down the human’s platform. Using the same technology, parts of a brick environment were programmed to explode when they detected motion, creating a Lego minefield. That’s as close to a videogame like LittleBigPlanet Karting as it is to Legos.

This project’s still in the experimental phase, so it’ll likely be quite a while before anyone can pick up a kit from the store. In the meantime, let’s put that technology into this full-size Lego X-wing and get real-life Star Wars.

[Network World]


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