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SXSW 2012: Android Powered LEGO Robots Clash For Fame And Fortune

    March 11, 2012
    Zach Walton
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LEGO may be a building toy, but people can also build awesome robots with it. Google is doing just that this year at SXSW with the Google LEGO MINDSTORMS Hackathon.

The event sees teams building a robot out of LEGO running on Google’s Android operating system. Teams have from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to build their robot and make it race ready before the main event starting at 8 p.m. It’s pretty awesome as its like the Iron Chef of LEGO robots with the teams only being allowed to use the pieces they are given at the event. After they build their LEGO robot, teams will have to use an Android device and the MINDdroid app to compete.

If you are at SXSW, you might want to check out the event and watch the teams building their awesome LEGO robots. For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be at SXSW, Google will providing a live stream on YouTube of the main event at 7:30 p.m. CST. You can check out the video here.

In the meantime, here’s last year’s LEGO event: