Crank-Driven Lego Writing

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Composed entirely from Legos, Andrew Carol’s overwhelmingly elaborate automaton can write and draw by turning a single crank. While the construction of the device was much like cracking a puzzle, Carol—an Apple employee by day—explains that it isn’t overly complicated, but rather a way of taking the mechanical innovation of the 18th and 19th centuries and applying it to Legos. This isn’t Carol’s first machine, and with a Tic-Tac-Toe playing iteration floating around in his imagination, it certainly won’t be his last.