Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I Swear We Bought the Duplo Trains for Our Child...

Aias loves trains and Lego, so we couldn't really pass up the Thomas Duplo set we found at a thrift shop.  Aias absolutely loves it, but I'm pretty sure daddy loves it just as much. Combined with Lego Mindstorms, it's pretty much the most fun toy ever.   Aias wanted the trains to move so Morgan designed a locomotive using the Lego Mindstorms NXT.  It can either pull the trains or push them, but Aias gets annoyed if Thomas or Percy aren't right at the front, so usually it pushes. 

Here are some of the projects they've worked on together.

Daddy created a locomotive for the Lego Duplo trains using the Mindstorms NXT.  Basically it pushes or pulls the trains.  There are 4 speeds and it can go backward or forward.  The control exists on our home server and Aias uses his Blackberry Playbook (poor man's ipad) to control it.  It can also be pulled up on the computer.  (See video below)

They built this because daddy wanted to see how big of a parabolic bridge he could create out of the Duplo.  This took an insane amount of time, believe me.

This is just a curvy train track.  You can't really tell from this photo but it starts on the ground and crawls up an incline and winds around.  It was somewhat destroyed by the time I took this photo. 
Finally, Aias sitting on a basic train track.  I'm not a guy but I can't imagine this feels very good. 

Thanks to And Mommy Makes 3 for lending us some track so we could have a ton to use!


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