Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Designers videos on 1H15 LEGO Technic sets

Don't ask me how but sometimes LEGO official produced videos pops first somewhere else than LEGO website or even their own YouTube Channel...

So it was again the case for the LEGO Technic Designers videos presenting the new 1H 2015 set, which appeared in the YT channel of a Dutch store.

And here they are in order of the set reference.

42031 - Cherry Picker



42032 - Compact Track Loader



42033 + 42034 - Record Breaker + Quad Bike



42035 - Mining Truck



42036 - Street Motorcycle



42037 - Formula Off-Roader



42038 - Arctic Truck



42039 - 24 Hours Race Car



It is missing the 42041 Race Truck, but nothing new as it is a re-edition from a 2010 set.

On my side, I'm still working on the new sets reviews and videos...



Bye!

Monday, December 1, 2014

LEGO Technic 42038, Arctic Truck - Live Build Event (Streaming Now)

We are now broadcasting the LEGO Technic 42038 (Arctic Truck) Live Build Event on Google+ Hangouts On Air!
This is one of the upcoming 1H2015 LEGO Technic releases that you certainly won't want to miss...

We have enabled the Q&A application on Google+ Hangouts On Air, so you can enter your questions about this set at the event page. With this feature you can later jump directly into the video moment when we will be answering your specific questions.
Instead if you're willing to chat about this set with the TBs staff and others attending the Live Build Event, join our Google+ page and write down your thoughts there - please notice there is about 20-30s delay in the live broadcast stream.
 
Please avoid entering your questions by any other means like: TBs Facebook page, TBs YouTube page, comments into TBs posts or direct e-mail. As you might understand I'll hardly be able to spread my attention across these sources, while building this set for you.

During the building process I'll also occasionally do some interruptions to take a few photos, that will be used later for an offline TBs TechReview.






Another TBs Live Build Event. Enjoy!

LEGO Technic 42038, Arctic Truck - Live Build Event (Warm-Up)

Today (2014.Dec.01, Mon) at 23:00 CEST*, we'll be streaming the LEGO 42038 (Arctic Truck) Live Build Event on Google+ Hangouts On Air!
This is one of the upcoming 1H2015 LEGO Technic releases that you certainly won't want to miss...



We have enabled the Q&A application on Google+ Hangouts on Air, so you can already leave your questions about this set at the event page, or during the Live Build Event if you prefer. With this feature you can later jump directly into the video moment when we will be answering your specific questions.
Instead if you're willing to chat about this set with the TBs staff and others attending the Live Build Event, join our Google+ page and write down your thoughts right there - please notice there is about 20-30s delay in the live broadcast stream, so it will take a bit for you to see the answers to your questions.

Please avoid entering your questions by any other means like: TBs Facebook page, TBs YouTube channel, comments into TBs posts or direct e-mail. As you might understand I'll hardly be able to spread my attention across all these sources, while building this set for you.

Feel free to join the party!





*) Use the link provided, to find the correspondent local time at your Time Zone.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

LEGO Technic 42039, 24 Hours Race Car - Live Build Event (Streaming Now)

We are now broadcasting the LEGO Technic 42039 (24 Hours Race Car) Live Build Event on Google+ Hangouts On Air!
This is one of the upcoming 1H2015 LEGO Technic releases that you certainly won't want to miss...

We have enabled the Q&A application on Google+ Hangouts On Air, so you can enter your questions about this set at the event page. With this feature you can later jump directly into the video moment when we will be answering your specific questions.
Instead if you're willing to chat about this set with the TBs staff and others attending the Live Build Event, join our Google+ page and write down your thoughts there - please notice there is about 20-30s delay in the live broadcast stream.
 
Please avoid entering your questions by any other means like: TBs Facebook page, TBs YouTube page, comments into TBs posts or direct e-mail. As you might understand I'll hardly be able to spread my attention across these sources, while building this set for you.

During the building process I'll also occasionally do some interruptions to take a few photos, that will be used later for an offline TBs TechReview.






Another TBs Live Build Event. Enjoy!

LEGO Technic 42039, 24 Hours Race Car - Live Build Event (Warm-Up)

Tomorrow (2014.Dec.01, Mon) at 00:01 CEST*, we'll be streaming the LEGO 42039 (24 Hours Race Car) Live Build Event on Google+ Hangouts On Air!
This is one of the upcoming 1H2015 LEGO Technic releases that you certainly won't want to miss...



We have enabled the Q&A application on Google+ Hangouts on Air, so you can already leave your questions about this set at the event page, or during the Live Build Event if you prefer. With this feature you can later jump directly into the video moment when we will be answering your specific questions.
Instead if you're willing to chat about this set with the TBs staff and others attending the Live Build Event, join our Google+ page and write down your thoughts right there - please notice there is about 20-30s delay in the live broadcast stream, so it will take a bit for you to see the answers to your questions.
 
Please avoid entering your questions by any other means like: TBs Facebook page, TBs YouTube channel, comments into TBs posts or direct e-mail. As you might understand I'll hardly be able to spread my attention across all these sources, while building this set for you.

Feel free to join the party!





*) Use the link provided, to find the correspondent local time at your Time Zone.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

SBrick mold in the works

Vengit team has been working hard do deliver SBrick this November.
If we think about, it means a lot to deliver!
  • Hardware PCB with BLE module and PF ports
  • Molds to produce a case on par with original LEGO standards
  • Apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
  • And finally the online Profile Designer service.

They even managed to shrink SBrick a lot since the design presened in the Kickstarter project, and added some nice extra pin-holes, as previously communicated.
This is not easy stuff as there are always many details to fix and to fine tune.

The team has made another update to their Kickstarter project, and shared a video where we can see some production tests for the SBrick case and the small adjustments still needed.




Make sure you see this video in a desktop browser, to see also the comments/captions overlaid.

I think the wait for an extra fine tuning round, in order to get the perfect product is well justified! DET BEDSTE ER IKKE FOR GODT , if you got what I mean...


Meanwhile those who're privileged and engaged with SBrick Beta testing program, can also test the first Android App to control SBrick. It is at a very early and immature stage but progress will be noticed fast. The App can be found here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

TBs TechChallenge, 2014 - Reverse 42034 (Quad Bike)



Here we're again for the 2014 edition of  the TechREVERSE Challenge, in collaboration with TLG. This is the sixth edition we do for this contest, this year covering one of the 1H2015 models.

As usual, the challenge will consist in the build reversal of one small LEGO Technic set. Among the several possibilities available we decided to go for a less obvious choice this time and hope you enjoy it.

But before we enter into more details, let me tell you which is the set chosen for the current TechREVERSE Challenge issue. It is the 42034 (Quad Bike).


And then the challenge TBs for you, is exactly this!
Reverse and build your own digital reproduction from the 42034 main model, based on the product pictures available so far.





Based on the successful experiment and results from the previous years, we decided once more to allow submissions made in any of the most common CAD tools in use by the FOLs, to model their LEGO creations (LDraw/MLCadLDD and SR 3D Builder). 
Hopefully the current situation with SR3D where support from Sergio is not available anymore, won't lead us into major problems.

Of course you may need to download and install any of these tools if you have not done it already before. Therefore some previous advices regarding LDraw installation may become handy.
Specially make sure you use the latest parts library available for the tool you're using. Otherwise it may negatively affect the ranking of your participation.

As for every contest, there must be some rules defined that will help us later to determine who's the winner. So please read them carefully.

Challenge Goal:
  • Reverse engineer and reproduce a digital model, from the Challenge proposed LEGO Technic set.
  • The reproduction should be precise (model complete assembly, parts list, colors and elements positioning).

Challenge Participation Rules:
  • Every contestant should submit his participation in the form of one single digital file, compatible with the latest version of one of the tools allowed in this contest (at contestant choice) - LDR, MPD, LXF or L3B.
    Hierarchical organization into sub-models is also allowed, for the tools supporting this.
  • The contestants are allowed to enter one single submission only (always the first one submitted).
  • Each contest submission must include one single model only.
  • Contestants must also include one render image from their model, with a minimum resolution of 800x600 pixels.
    It would be great if you have photo-realistic rendering skills, but not considered as criteria for the purpose of this contest evaluation.
  • Any eventual special elements in the model must be reproduced accordingly (e.g. flexible parts, shock absorbers, etc...). Reproduction should be as close as possible to the original.
  • All the submissions must be sent via e-mail, to the TBs mailbox setup for the purpose of this challenge, with indication of the applicant identification (full name and nickname if applicable), postal* and e-mail addresses.

    TBs TechREVERSE Challenge mailbox: challenge[at]technicbricks.com

  • We believe there are no new elements in this model. If you think otherwise you should ignore the eventual new element(s) and leave the respective space empty in your CAD model.
    The same should apply if there is a part which is not available from LDraw or LDD libraries (although you get mismatch points if you think they are not available, but they actually are).
  • Due to the tremendous success of this challenge in the previous edition, where we got more than 30 participants, and the results evaluation was pushed until June... It was decided for a different evaluation method to limit potential damage, and which I had already unveiled before, a bit.
    What it means is that evaluation effort will be shared among the Challenge organization and the participants. After the official building instructions getting available online, each participant will be requested to evaluate the mismatches of is own participation, according to the usual criteria (as listed in the section below), and send them to our mailbox, within a certain defined period (lets say two weeks - to be confirmed later).
    Then we will pick a reasonable number of participants with the fewest mismatches, and do a full verification on their mismatches for consistency purposes and will find the winners this way.
    In the unlikely event of someone trying to cheat, it won't help him much, because as soon as it is detected the mismatch count will get higher than what it was claimed, we will move straight to next selected participant.
    The advantage of this approach is that we won't have all the huge effort to count the mismatches on every single participation, instead we share this effort with each participant by asking them to do pre-evaluation of their own submission.

Classification Criteria:
  • The winning participation will be the first submission sent, that exactly matches the LEGO official model subject of this challenge: model complete assembly, parts color, elements positioning and parts list.
  • If none of the submissions fill all the criteria above, it will be selected the first submitted one, that gets closer to the original, based the total mismatches counted.
  • There are different weights for each type of mismatch as a mean to differentiate the mismatches severity and improve the evaluation fairness.
    Each mismatch will sum a certain number of negative points (penalties) per occurrence, based on the respective mismatch type. The participation with less accounted penalties, wins!

    The penalties per mismatch type are:
    5 Points - Missing parts or subparts (so that you do not get tempted to avoid guessing on hidden parts just because it may lead to more mismatches than using wrong, extra or misplaced parts).
    3 Points - Wrong parts or subparts (includes friction/frictionless mismatches).
    3 Points - Extra parts or subparts.
    3 Points - Parts or subparts misplacement (including deviation and/or orientation).
    3 Points - Wrong color used for a part or subpart (if the element is visible in some of the pictures available).
    2 Points - Wrong color used for a part or subpart (if the element is not visible in any of the pictures available).
    1 Point - Every other eventual situation not covered above (e.g.: wrong spring strength, significant routing deviation from the original on flexible elements, etc.).
  • Classification (penalties sum) may not go through all the mismatches until the last one incurred. Once the amount gets too high and difficult to evaluate consistently, that it turns clear the participation won't get among the ones granted with a final prize.

Schedules:
  • All the submissions must be sent to the mailbox above indicated, in the next ten calendar days. Thus before the 24th of November 2014, 10:00 CET**.
  • The organization reserves the right to extend or shorten the submission period, if there is a reasonable justification (e.g. too few participants, leakage of the actual model or building instructions).
  • Final results are expected to be published until February 2015, but it may depend on the amount of submissions to the contest and bandwidth availability for the required verification work.

Prizes:

  • As usual the prizes will be some of the upcoming new LEGO Technic sets, signed by their respective designers. The details about these will be announced timely.

Exceptions:
  • In the event of any eventual leak with further official details about this model, during the contest submission period, it may become a justification to close the submissions period anytime earlier.
  • Any eventual issues not foreseen in the contest rules, shall be evaluated and decided by the board of TBs editors.
  • The organization reserves the right to cancel the contest at anytime, if participation quality levels are not getting satisfactory.


Take part of the fun!





*) Your private data won't be published, or used for any other purpose other than this contest.
**) Use the link provided, to find the correspondent local time at your own Time Zone.

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