What do you get when you have a series translucent pegs lit up by LED lights that are powered by a low voltage current?
You get this:
While I'm sure that the Laser Pegs Lighted Construction Kit falls short of building itself, it is pretty cool nonetheless.
Each kit includes 72 pieces. The peg shapes include straight, t-shaped, and u-shaped. Augment these with flat squares and wheels and you have quite a wide range of construction options at your disposal. Anything from bugs to vehicles to spaceships can be built with these little whoppers.
The workings behind this are quite simple. A low voltage current is generated by a small power supply.
This current flows into the first piece of the construction, lighting an LED. As each piece is placed together, the current moves forward and lights the next LED. And so on. And so on. With the LEDs rated at 100,000 hours of life (that's around 11 years), these things will be glowing long after the supposed end of the world in 2012.
The final effect is like something out of a James Cameron movie like the Abyss or that little film, Avatar. All glowy and bluish...
Pretty cool, eh? The kids in this video think so... though there's one kid in this thing who annoys me to the point of contemplating genocide. See if you can pick him out:
If you can get past the little root canal of a kid, you can see that the Construction Kits are quite versatile and sweet to look at. The kids don't even build anything logical. Hell, that one little guy just builds a precariously tall tower... that surprisingly stands.
The only downside that I can see is the cable/power supply dangling from whatever you decide to build. As seen in the video, it doesn't seem to weigh enough to provide any threat to structural integrity. But it would be nice to have some sort of power supply that integrates into the construction itself - something like a little battery brick with an LED in it. That would open up a world of fun with these things. Imagine a glowing R/C car with wireless control of not only movement and speed, but also of light patterns...
Get your very own Lighted Construction Kit at Laser Pegs or at Hammacher Schlemmer!