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Tinkerbrick turns an iPhone into a working Lego piece

Tinkerbrick turns an iPhone in...
With the TinkerBrick case, you can connect your iPhone or iPod touch to any Lego piece to build interactive toys, useful attachments, and much more
With the TinkerBrick case, you can connect your iPhone or iPod touch to any Lego piece to build interactive toys, useful attachments, and much more
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The TinkerBrick case can transform an iPod Touch or iPhone into a full-sized touchscreen guitar
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The TinkerBrick case can transform an iPod Touch or iPhone into a full-sized touchscreen guitar
The TinkerBrick site even has designs for video game controllers that are custom built for specific control schemes
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The TinkerBrick site even has designs for video game controllers that are custom built for specific control schemes
With the TinkerBrick case, you can actually connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to any Lego piece to build interactive toys, useful attachments, and much more
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With the TinkerBrick case, you can actually connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to any Lego piece to build interactive toys, useful attachments, and much more
The TinkerBrick website encourages users to concoct their own creations, but also gives a wide variety of suggestions, along with instructions
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The TinkerBrick website encourages users to concoct their own creations, but also gives a wide variety of suggestions, along with instructions
TinkerBrick cases are currently available exclusively through Amazon.com in red, yellow, black, and white for US$34.95
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TinkerBrick cases are currently available exclusively through Amazon.com in red, yellow, black, and white for US$34.95
The developer has recently announced that TinkerBrick cases for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 will be coming soon
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The developer has recently announced that TinkerBrick cases for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 will be coming soon
Some are just toys that incorporate an app, while other ideas actually change the function of the device entirely
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Some are just toys that incorporate an app, while other ideas actually change the function of the device entirely
Some are just toys that incorporate an app, while other ideas actually change the function of the device entirely
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Some are just toys that incorporate an app, while other ideas actually change the function of the device entirely
Possibilities range from simple enhancements, like a stylus holder, to more advanced constructions, like a replica Star Wars X-Wing ship with sound effects
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Possibilities range from simple enhancements, like a stylus holder, to more advanced constructions, like a replica Star Wars X-Wing ship with sound effects
Possibilities range from simple enhancements, like a stylus holder, to more advanced constructions, like a replica Star Wars X-Wing ship with sound effects
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Possibilities range from simple enhancements, like a stylus holder, to more advanced constructions, like a replica Star Wars X-Wing ship with sound effects
The TinkerBrick site even has designs for video game controllers that are custom built for specific control schemes
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The TinkerBrick site even has designs for video game controllers that are custom built for specific control schemes
Possibilities range from simple enhancements, like a stylus holder, to more advanced constructions, like a replica Star Wars X-Wing ship with sound effects
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Possibilities range from simple enhancements, like a stylus holder, to more advanced constructions, like a replica Star Wars X-Wing ship with sound effects
The TinkerBrick case can transform an iPod Touch or iPhone into a working steady-cam
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The TinkerBrick case can transform an iPod Touch or iPhone into a working steady-cam
Some are just toys that incorporate an app, while other ideas actually change the function of the device entirely
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Some are just toys that incorporate an app, while other ideas actually change the function of the device entirely
The TinkerBrick case can transform an iPod touch or iPhone into a working steady-cam
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The TinkerBrick case can transform an iPod touch or iPhone into a working steady-cam
Some are just toys that incorporate an app, while other ideas actually change the function of the device entirely
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Some are just toys that incorporate an app, while other ideas actually change the function of the device entirely
With the TinkerBrick case, you can connect your iPhone or iPod touch to any Lego piece to build interactive toys, useful attachments, and much more
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With the TinkerBrick case, you can connect your iPhone or iPod touch to any Lego piece to build interactive toys, useful attachments, and much more
TinkerBrick iPod/iPhone cases can connect to any Lego piece to build custom docks, interactive toys, and even some useful tools
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TinkerBrick iPod/iPhone cases can connect to any Lego piece to build custom docks, interactive toys, and even some useful tools

In recent years, Legos have gained a reputation as much more than just a child's toy. Almost everything from motorized wheelchairs to robots that forge bones can be assembled from the iconic plastic blocks. Now with the TinkerBrick case, you can actually connect your iPhone or iPod touch to any Lego piece to build interactive toys, useful attachments, and much more.

The front and back of the case are covered in small studs and holes that interlock with any Lego piece, essentially turning the whole gadget into a standalone Lego brick with a touchscreen. And since all Legos since 1958 have been molded to the exact same specifications, this means you can incorporate all varieties of Legos – Technics, Mindstorms, Power Functions, etc. – into whatever you build. It's a simple concept, but with the proper apps a creative Lego builder could use the TinkerBrick case to add some interesting new functionality to their smart device.

Possibilities range from simple enhancements, like a stylus holder, to more advanced constructions, like a replica Star Wars X-Wing ship with sound effects
Possibilities range from simple enhancements, like a stylus holder, to more advanced constructions, like a replica Star Wars X-Wing ship with sound effects

The TinkerBrick website encourages users to concoct their own creations, but also gives a wide variety of suggestions, along with instructions. These range from simple enhancements, like a stylus holder, to more advanced constructions, like a replica Star Wars X-Wing ship with sound effects. Some are just toys that incorporate an app, while other ideas actually change the function of the device entirely, to transform it into a working steady-cam or a full-sized touchscreen guitar, for instance. The site even has designs for video game controllers that are custom built for specific control schemes.

The TinkerBrick case can transform an iPod Touch or iPhone into a working steady-cam
The TinkerBrick case can transform an iPod Touch or iPhone into a working steady-cam

With enough bricks, there's seemingly no limit to the number of ways you could turn a smart device into something completely different. TinkerBrick cases are currently available exclusively through Amazon.com in red, yellow, black, and white for US$34.95. For now, they are only available for the 4th-generation iPod touch, but the developer has recently announced that cases for the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 will be coming soon.

Check out the video below to see a few examples of what you can build with the TinkerBrick case.

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Jean Young
For those of you that have a "special" relationship to LEGOS, check this out!