I just received an email from my chum Matthew Villeneuve pointing me at his brother Pierre's "Smoked Bits" blog, which keeps the reader informed as to Pierre's "Project du Jour."
One entry I really enjoyed was Pierre's Dancing Lego and Five Servos column. This involves a Raspberry Pi, five servos, and Pierre's son's Lego set, with the whole thing being synchronized to some "Groovy Music" (Pierre's words, not mine :-)
I wish I could have done stuff like this with my dad when I was a kid. Unfortunately, what we used to call Lego simply involved plastic blocks you clipped together – no servos or microcontrollers or anything like that. Thinking about it, the Raspberry Pi would probably have counted as a supercomputer in those days of yore. It truly is amazing how fast and how far we've come…
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