Most engineers I’ve ever met can be categorized by two things; their love of problem solving, and their love of Lego.
Combine both and you get something like the motorized Lego wheelchair, currently doing the rounds on YouTube.
Six Lego Mindstorms NXTs, 12 Mindstorms motors, 12 Lego Mindstorms touch sensors, 12 Rotacaster multi-directional wheels and a "whole load of Lego Technic" went into building the 44 pound motorized chair, capable of carrying a person weighing up to 198 pounds (90kg).
Currently controlled by a four-directional joystick, the Lego wheelchair’s designer, British iOS programmer and Lego enthusiast Simon "Burf" Burfield, apparently hopes to upgrade the contraption to include Bluetooth, so it can be controlled from people’s phones. You can see pictures of the chair in its various stages of build-out here.
So far, there’s only one prototype, but it goes to show how far a bit of DIY, a dollop of imagination and a lot of Lego can go.
What do you think, readers? Have you ever made anything cool out of Lego? Let us know and we want to see your photos and videos!