Party Like Its 1990 With Mini LEGO Macintosh Classic

first_img Mac App Store having launch problems? As a child, I molded a Play-Doh wedding cake for my uncle (who was not, at the time, engaged to be married). But that’s nothing compared to the Wi-Fi-enabled mini Macintosh Classic Jannis Hermanns built out of LEGO.Inspired by Apple’s early-’90s PC, Berlin-based Hermanns admits he may have taken things “too far” while building bricks with his son.“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,” he wrote in a blog post. “I went ahead and ordered a 2.7-inch e-paper display … and I immediately started building a little fitting prototype in LEGO.”Early prototype (Jannis Hermanns)Using the free LEGO Digital Designer (LDD)—a basic 3D editor—Hermanns took “the catastrophe that is the colored prototype” and rebuilt it on the computer.Intended as a birthday gift for a friend, the mini Mac project came together quickly, though not without a few glitches.“Being a programmer, of course, I created a model that was off by one: exactly one brick too wide,” the blog said. “No problem, though. LEGO is all about freestyling, and so I did.”The making of (Jannis Hermanns)Hermanns reached another hurdle when connecting the e-paper display to the Raspberry Pi Zero power source. The process was “a little tricky,” he said, lamenting the lack of space—and the launch of a new Wi-Fi-based Raspberry Pi Zero W “right after I purchased the Zero.”With a lot of patience and a little help from the Internet, the engineer managed to build a working (to an extent) fits-in-your-hand LEGO Macintosh Classic computer.In total, Hermanns spent about $160 on LEGO bricks, an e-paper display, a Raspberry Pi, a power supply, cables, tiny retro Mac stickers, and a set of rotary tools.Check out the online photo album with behind-the-scenes images of the original prototype, the building process, and the finished product. Because pictures or it didn’t happen. Stay on targetlast_img read more