Will Lego produce a hardware hacker's idea of a set for girls? (photos)
After hearing about a controversy over Lego's girls-oriented set, hacker Limor Fried came up with Ladyada's Workshop, a set that imagines girls as makers. If 10,000 people agree, Lego could make the set.
Last year, Lego launched its Lego Friends initiative, a new project aimed at girls. But some Lego fans felt it stereotyped females, ignoring creative or engaged roles. Now, a New York hardware hacker named Limor Fried has come up with her own idea of what a Lego set for girls should be like. And if 10,000 people agree, Ladyada's Workshop, her design, could become a real Lego set, thanks to a program in which the global toymaker agrees to produce certain community-designed and -supported projects.
This is the full Ladyada's Workshop set, which features a pick-and-place machine, a laser cutter, a sewing machine, a soldering station, a computer, a microscope, and shelves of parts and packages. Adafruit Industries is Fried's open-source hardware development company.
At Adafruit Industries, the open-source hardware development company Fried runs, there are shelves of parts and packages everywhere. So it should be no surprise that Ladyada's Workshop has such a shelf as well.