Some hero built an old-school Lego space computer that really works

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      Remember those days of rifling through hoards of Lego to find the perfect part, and coming across that little blue space computer? ‘I wish I had a cool blue dashboard like that,’ you’d whisper under your breath. Finally, in this age of homebrew computing, someone decided to make that dream a reality with a giant version that actually works.

      YouTuber Dyoramic took it upon himself to build the thing using an Adafruit colour OLED breakout board, 1.5-inch colour OLED screen, and ESP32 microcontroller (via Brick Fanatics). It connects up to a PC via USB, and even has a little space console animation on bootup—a nice touch.

      The case is entirely 3D printed, and around six times larger that the original Lego piece, at 10cm x 10cm. Only three of the six buttons are actually wired up, as that’s all that was needed.

      Users can cycle through a number of modes, including one that makes it look like a little radar, which is what the creator had always imagined the original Lego dashboard was. Come to think of it, the cross is a dead giveaway.

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