This Lego contraption plays word games for you (and other stuff you missed)

Alberto Sarullo

Boy, time certainly does fly! We're almost done with the second month of the year. What have you created so far? If the answer's not something you particularly fancy, why not indulge in a game of Ruzzle? Better yet, why not make a Lego-based robot that can play it for you? We check out exactly what that entails in today's GeekBytes.

(Oh, and bonus points if you find the haiku hidden in this article's source code!)

Lego contraption can play Ruzzle on its own; humans optional [Hack a Day]

This "super robot," as its creator calls it, is capable of playing the Scrabble-like game Ruzzle, and it's made up of a mix of Lego mindstorm parts, Ruzzle, JavaScript code, the Absolute Position Regulator Library for control of the Lego motors, and a few other things. We approve—and that's even before you factor in the fact that its creator, Alberto Sarullo, posted the source code, so you can make one of your own.

Lego Avengers Harlem Shake [Brothers Brick]

When I'm not writing about Lego minifigures twitching spasmodically across the screen, I dance. I don't get the Harlem Shake, though. I don't get it all. While my friends laugh hysterically at the Harlem Shake videos, I'm usually left confused. However, there's something quite universally rib-tickling about squat Lego versions of the avatar taking on the Internet's latest bout of silliness.

Paint for Cats is an iPad app...for cats [Laughing Squid]

This may be the most exemplary example of iPad abuse or ill-informed choices that I've seen yet. If you aren't particularly fond of your iPad and own a canktankerous feline who likes nothing more than to mutiliate helpless animals, here's an app that will let you retire it in, well, style. With the help of an on-screen mouse, Paint for Cats will tease and cajole your four-legged friend into swatting randomly at the screen. Why? To create art, we guess?

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