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Forbes: Letting go of Lego

Jul 29, 1999, 08:24 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam L. Penenberg)

Thanks to Les Connally for this link.

"AS ROBOTS GO, Grrr is top dog. It can heed verbal commands, wag its tail and distinguish blue from green. Told to "get food," Grrr motors around and stops when it finds a few small sheets of blue paper. Told to "find home," it putters along until it locates a lone green square.

"Pretty impressive--especially given that Grrr is made up almost entirely of Lego building blocks. But this pup's powers didn't come from Lego Group..."

"Grrr, instead, is but one of many fantastical Lego inventions spawned by the "open-source" movement..."

"But there is a difference between Linux and Lego. The company didn't release its chip design or source code. Enthusiasts unraveled the RCX's secrets and posted them on the Web--without Lego's permission.

"Many corporations would have sued..."

Complete story.