Build your own computerBy Peter Naulls. Published: 29th Jul 2003, 15:26:09 | Permalink | Printable
Acorn machine made from LegoWhat happens when you take several hundred bricks from a famous Danish toy maker and combine with a under-powered computer from an infamous British computer company? No, it's not a ZX Spectrum powered radio controlled toy pig (Denmark exporting bacon of course), but a Lego encased A7000.
The perpetrator of this evil feat is none other than Peter Howkins who recently brought you the RISC OS Modules Database.
A Lego encased computer is far from a new idea of course, and Peter's been able to get inspiration from many sources. In particular this Lego Mac which sold on eBay for 365UKP. In addition, a suitable Google search will turn up many more.
It is, however, the first RISC OS machine we're aware of to which this has been done, and as Peter says "it's traditional that each platform has one". On his site he explains the motivation for the project, as well as providing plenty of pictures to ooh and ahh over.
You might wonder where you'd get so many Lego bricks from if you didn't already have them. Lego themselves offer a limited choice in their online store although it can be pricey. BrickLink is the site of choice for cheap bulk lego if you wanted to make your own case. You can of course also find bulk lots on eBay too.
If you've got any more RISC OS related Lego creations we'd be interested to hear from you. But be careful with those bricks, or Lego people might die.
A Lego cased A7000
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