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Monster Robot Chess Set Made from 100,000 LEGOS

Posted By Brit Liggett On June 14, 2010 @ 10:23 am In DIY,green gadgets,green technology,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment

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Oh, the wonderful world of LEGOS [2] – we’ve seen that they can build you just about anything including a city [3]! Well, a team of LEGO enthusiasts just put the finishing touches on their Monster Chess [4] set. It is made entirely of LEGOS and has robotic pieces that move on their own. The set took four people a year to finish, uses a whopping 100,000 LEGOS and spans 156 square feet. It is actually quite impressive in action, watch a video of a head to head after the jump.

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The team [4] was led by LEGO master Steve Hassenplug and was officially sponsored by LEGO. Hassenplug and his team used the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT [6] technology to control their robots. It is a sophisticated system that allows one to build LEGO robots. These chess robots can be controlled by two humans playing against each other, two computers playing against each other, a computer playing a human or they can even reenact famous chess matches!

If you’re just dying to see this guy in action, it will be on display at Brickworld [7] in Chicago this week. We’ve done a little reconnaissance and we’re not sure if these LEGOS are reused or recycled [8] but we do know that the LEGO manufacturing process tends to stay as green as possible. They try to keep their production green by saving energy [9] and reusing all but 1% of plastic leftover in the manufacturing process. LEGO doesn’t use recycled plastic in their blocks, but you could sign this petition [10] to join the group of people urging them to move to a more eco-friendly option! For now let’s hope that if this chess set gets demolished they will donate its parts to one of their many charity programs. [11]

+ Monster Chess [4]

Via Gizmodo [12]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/14/monster-robot-chess-set-made-from-100000-legos/monster-lego-chess-3/

[2] LEGOS: http://inhabitat.com/2009/10/30/incredible-lego-kitchen-renovation/

[3] including a city: http://inhabitat.com/2010/03/09/artist-uses-legos-to-rebuild-new-york-city/

[4] Monster Chess: http://www.teamhassenplug.org/monsterchess/

[5] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAwwKEXn6Mk

[6] LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: http://www.lego.com/eng/info/default.asp?page=mindstorms

[7] Brickworld: http://www.brickworld.us/bw2010/

[8] reused or recycled: http://inhabitat.com/recycled-materials/

[9] energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy/

[10] this petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/lego-recycled-plastic

[11] charity programs.: http://www.lego.com/eng/info/default.asp?page=charity

[12] Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5561977/100000-lego-bricks-make-for-one-hell-of-a-robotic-chess-set

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