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Build your own Lego Macintosh

Building unique stuff out of Lego is something that internet hobbyists can’t get enough of. From full-scale cars to 16-foot sculptures, Lego has seen it all. But when it comes to building functional computers, this one’s a first. Programmer Jannis Hermanns has built a Lego Macintosh Classic that works and he wants you to build one too!

While this isn’t exactly MacOS-level stuff, the Lego macintosh runs Docker, an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. The display is e-ink and the Macintosh runs off a Raspberry Bi. You can check out the entire build process here.

And why did he do it?

According to Jannis, the main reason behind building this project was nostalgia, something he felt while building Lego creations with his son. The nostalgia generally associated with the older Macintosh models explains why there are several projects like this available online, like this one.

Lego Macintosh Stock Ticker
The Lego Macintosh can be configured to display a lot of information, like weather updates, humidity and more.

An important tool that he used to design this project was Lego Digital Designer, which is essentially a 3D Lego editor that lets you plan Lego projects before you actually get started and conveniently pushes out a list of Lego pieces that you will require once you’re done planning.

The actual post goes on to explain the problems that he faced in the design process and how he overcame them. He also explains a process to remotely alter the contents of the screen using resin.io. Just in case you plan to do that as well, imagine this thing as a gift (which is what Hermanns made it as) to someone and the possibilities of screwing with them while they have no clue how this Lego computer is alive!

Source: The Verge, and his own website

Arnab Mukherjee

Arnab Mukherjee

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