Teeny Mac made from Lego is a hamster's dream computer

Justin Mahboubian-Jones
Photo credit: Jannis Hermanns

From Digital Spy

The internet's ever-present quest to recreate our entire reality out of Lego continues with one programmer's uber-cute reconstruction of an Apple Macintosh.

Why do such a thing? Programmer Jannis Hermanns explains how he arrived at the idea on his blog.

"While my son and I were playing with LEGO, after building a 1987 GMC Vandura and an off-road Segway I suddenly had the urge to build one of the first computers I remember using."

That computer something looked like this.

Photo credit: Apple

The little feat of engineering (spotted by The Verge) that resulted from that urge looks the part, but also manages to be a functioning piece of electronics.

No, Hermanns' miniature doesn't contain the functioning innards of a Macintosh, but it does feature a working screen, courtesy of an e-paper display which is powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero.

A free program called Lego Digital Designer was used to plan out the Mini Mac. But this didn't stop Hermanns from building the case one unit too wide first time around.

After all his trials and tribulations, the result is a teeny machine in which the display can be changed remotely via Wi-Fi. Super clever or what?

Photo credit: Jannis Hermanns
Photo credit: Jannis Hermanns

Hermanns details the entire process, from assembling a prototype, to trying to make the e-paper display respond to the Raspberry Pi Zero.

It's all fairly technical, but if you're a programmer, or just fairly techy, then you should definitely read it through.

For the rest of us to whom C# is a musical note, why not just look through all the pretty pictures Hermanns took of the final result?

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