February 15-21, 1998
Fred's World - Fred G. Martin, M.I.T. Media Lab
Here at Fred Martin's site, you can learn about Meme Tags, Crickets, the Programmable Brick, an active LEGO baseplate, and several other related research concepts and projects at the M.I.T. Media Laboratory. These aren't official LEGO® products, but they are nevertheless great food for thought. Lego has announced in a major publicity campaign that the forthcoming LEGO® Mindstorms Robotic Invention System product line was developed in close cooperation with the M.I.T. Media Lab. The Lego Group has been working with the Media Lab to link computer programming and LEGO® bricks since 1984.
In addition to all of this, Fred also provides the text of several related papers he has written (as well as the complete text to his PhD dissertation Circuits to Control: Learning Engineering by Designing LEGO Robots). Of these papers, The Art of LEGO Design is well-suited to a general audience and contains some interesting geometrical observations about LEGO® elements.