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These Adapters Let You Combine All Your Toys Into One Monstrous Conglomeration of Fun

Building block toys like LEGO and K'Nex are fun to play with on their own, but their basic shapes can be a little inhibiting. Sometimes, the architect within wants to add a few Tinkertoy parts to a Lincoln Log building, only to find that the mental blueprint doesn't translate in real life. 

The Free Universal Construction Kit is here to help you achieve those Frankenstein toy dreams with special adaptors that let you transcend brand. Printable parts will allow builders to combine 10 different children’s construction toys: LEGO, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Krinkles, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob.

The free kit is the product of organization F.A.T. Lab and design studio Sy-Lab. It comes with over 80 adaptors that can be downloaded from Thingiverse and printed with a 3D printer. The goal is to expand building possibilities and open up more creative possibilities for children. 

F.A.T. Lab explained why they created the handy pieces on their website:

Our kids are already doing it! And when we were growing up, ourselves, we did it too—or we tried to, anyway. Connecting our toys together. Because: what if we want to make a construction which is half-Tinkertoys, half-K’Nex? Why shouldn’t we be able to? We dreamed about this possibility years ago, when we were small, and we knew then, as we know now, that we’d need some adapters to help. The advent of low-cost 3D printing has made such adapters possible, and with it, a vast new set of combinatorial possibilities for children’s creative construction toys.

You can check out a full graph of all the different adaptors here. As you can see, the mashup possibilities are endless, so what are you waiting for? It's time to get building. 

[h/t: Present and Correct]

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Watch a Robot Solve a Rubik's Cube in .38 Seconds
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The record for fastest Rubik's Cube completion is impressive, just 4.69 seconds as of September 2017, but the record held by a robot is hard to believe—even when you see it with your own eyes.

Blink and you might miss the feat accomplished in the video below, shared by The Kid Should See This. In it, a robot transforms the jumbled kid's toy into a cube with perfectly uniform sides in just 0.38 seconds, a time that earned the machine the record for fastest Rubik's Cube completion by a robot in March 2018.

The secret to the robot's remarkable Rubik's Cube skills is a smart software that can determine the color of each square from webcam images. From there, it calculates the exact movements necessary to produce a perfect cube, and then it makes them in a fraction of a second.

The biggest issue for the team wasn't engineering the robot to be super fast: It was making sure the cube didn't fall apart as it was being scrambled. To their surprise, they only destroyed four toys during the process.

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New LEGO Set Recreates Jurassic Park's Iconic Velociraptor Chase Scenes
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, is skulking into theaters on June 22. That makes now the perfect time to revisit the original film in LEGO form.

This LEGO set, spotted by Nerdist, depicts some of the most suspenseful scenes from the 1993 movie. There's the main computer room where Ariana Richards's Lex shows off her hacker skills while Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) struggle to keep a hungry dinosaur from barging in. Just like in the film, the door features a deadbolt lock that's velociraptor-proof (though, unfortunately for the characters, the detachable window is not). Other Easter eggs hidden in this part include a map of Isla Nublar and a screener saver of LEGO Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight).

In the neighboring room, you'll find the cold storage unit where the dinosaur embryos are kept, along with the fake shaving cream can Nedry uses to steal them. The final section is the kitchen, where Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex are stalked by the velociraptor. There's less room for them to hide in the LEGO version compared to the movie set, but there is at least one functioning cabinet for Lex to tuck herself into. Closer inspection reveals even more details from the film, like the lime-green Jello Lex is eating when the raptors first arrive and the step ladder the gang uses to escape into the air ducts during the final chase.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

LEGO Jurassic Park set.

The Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase set is currently available from the LEGO shop for $40.

[h/t Nerdist]

All images courtesy of LEGO.

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