MEGATech Showcase: Add Some LEGO to Your Life Beth Snyder October 27, 2014 Features By now, you’re familiar with our LEGO Showcases, and hopefully you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoy putting them together. Today we’re going to check out several different items that are not necessarily all made out of LEGO, but which are LEGO-related products you can buy to add some fun and functionality to your life. Because… LEGO! First up is a set of cooking utensils I must own immediately. While not an officially licensed LEGO product, they are pretty darn fabulous. Each utensil’s handle features the familiar block, which mates with a base you can mount to your wall. It’ll keep your utensils within easy reach, and also add some flair to your kitchen. The set includes a spoon, spatula, and pasta server as well as the base, and costs $39.99 US. Source: 7 Gadgets “Spaceship!” Yes, Benny, it’s a spaceship. And you can even build it! This is actually a 216-page hardcover book that includes directions for building a number of different kinds of spaceships… But if you’re a Master Builder you don’t need to follow the instructions, right? Maybe just use them as a jumping off point to create your own unique vehicle. The book costs $24.95 US. Source: The Gadgeteer Probably if you’re going to buy this one, you should make sure your kids never take any of their creations to school, or there could be ugly consequences. This book contains the directions to build 35 different “weapons of mass construction”. Weapons can be neat, though, and some of these are even motorized. Pick up your copy for just $17.95 US. Source: Geek Alerts If you’re familiar with LEGO Mindstorms, you’ll love this book. If you aren’t, you need to pick it up so you can be. This is the beginner’s guide to all things Mindstorms, and it’s got a lot of information including about 100 different building and programming projects. If you want to build not just cool LEGO creations, but cool LEGO creations that walk, talk, move, and interact with the world around them, you’ll need this one. And at a cost of around $30.00 US, it’s easy to add one to your bookshelf. Source: The Gadgeteer We tend to look at a lot of different phone chargers around here, but this one is one of my favourites. This is the LEGO Power Brick, and it’s actually a portable charger (albeit one that isn’t too practical to use unless you’ll be at a desk or table). It measures 72mm x 120mm x 13mm, and comes with a few slanted bricks so you can customize the cradle for your particular phone. Since it’s made of LEGO, you can add whatever bricks you want to create a unique dock to match your personality. Each one costs $49.00 US. Source: Ubergizmo If we could combine this with the charging dock above, life would be complete. However, this is simply a LEGO brick speaker, designed to amplify the sound from any smartphone to allow you to enjoy your tunes. It uses Near Field Audio to increase the volume on whatever device is placed on it with no setup or pairing required. It also has a headphone jack in case your device can’t be placed directly on it, or you own something without an internal speaker (like my ancient iPod). Choose between red, yellow, or blue for about $31.00 US. Source: Craziest Gadgets Everybody needs to know what time it is, so why not hang a LEGO minifig head clock made of LEGO on your wall? This is available either as a pre-built clock or as a kit with everything you need to build it yourself, and takes a single AA battery. It uses 277 pieces, and if you choose to assemble it yourself it comes with full instructions as well as shipping in a “gift-ready” wooden box. The kit costs about $98.00 US, while the assembled clock runs about $126.00 US. Source: Technabob These are so fun I don’t even care that they’re the type of open-backed slippers I normally can’t stand. They’re shaped like LEGO bricks, and are available in either red or blue. Sizing is the traditional “one size fits most”, but your feet can’t be larger than a men’s 12 or your heels will hang off the back. I would imagine there’s a limit to how small your feet can be, too, but it’s up to you if you think they’ll work being too big. Each pair costs $14.95 US. Source: The Gadgeteer You know those wine glass charms people use so they know which glass belongs to them? This is better. Not only is it a shot glass instead of a wine glass (you know, for the serious drinkers rather than the social ones), but it’s made of LEGO. It doesn’t come with any bricks, but it’s compatible with LEGO, PixelBlocks, Mega Bloks, KRE-O, and KNEX Bricks so you can make sure you know which one is yours. This is particularly helpful if you’re not all drinking the same thing; no more accidentally picking up the shot glass that held Rumpleminze and being surprised when you thought you were drinking tequila. A set of four shot glasses costs just $19.99 US. Source: That’s Nerdailicious Did you hear? LEGO Batman is getting his own movie, which will be a sequel (sort of) to The LEGO Movie! Until it comes out, however, you can act out your own scenes with the LEGO Batman key chain flashlight. His feet and arms are poseable, and there is an LED in the bottom of each of his feet. You can’t tell me you don’t want one of these, and at just $11.99 US there’s no reason not to get one. Source: Coolest Gadgets I know for a fact I’ve featured this before, but I’m closing out with it anyway because I love it. Supposedly this LEGO Darth Vader headlamp is for kids, but whatever. I bought one a couple of years ago and I use it all the time. Wearing a headlamp is helpful for such a wide variety of things in my job, and since I have to wear black Darth was a no-brainer. His helmet is removable and his arms and legs are poseable. As with the Batman, each of his feet contains an LED light. Pick yours up for about $15.00 US. And, not that I needed to, but if you check out the gallery I’ve included a picture of me wearing mine at work one day. Because I could. Source: Geek Alerts Share This With The World!