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Lego machine folds, launches paper planes

A Lego machine built using NXT components folds sheets of paper into paper planes before sending them on their way.

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

A Lego machine built using NXT components folds sheets of paper into paper planes before sending them on their way.

Lego Mindstorms is great for all sorts of things — building underwater robots, solving Rubik's Cubes, printing (albeit slowly), transferring toy balls from one end of a room to another.

Now there's one more to add to the list: making paper planes. The automated Lego paper plane folding machine is the work of YouTuber Hknssn. Measuring 150cm long and 40cm wide, the machine, shown in the video below at around three times its actual speed, contains:

  • 2x NXT

  • 5x NXT servo motors

  • 4x NXT colour sensors

  • 3x NXT touch sensors

  • 1x touch sensor multiplexor

  • 1x NXT accelerometer sensor

  • 1x NXT infrared (IR) link sensor

  • 5x normal power function motors

  • 5x XL power function motors

  • 4x IR receivers

  • 5x Battery boxes

  • About 6000-7000 Lego pieces

Apparently, the launching isn't really all that effective, but the folding part? That works really well.

Visit Hknssn's YouTube page to see it running at normal speed, and visit our gallery of the most mind-blowing Lego creations to see other people get awesome with Lego.

Via likecool.com