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My latest mobile device is the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 in Red. I found myself now having this device on my desk at work lying next to my keyboard, almost like a companion device, every day. I use it to listen to music, text with my boys, and many other uses; and I quickly discovered that I wanted to have a dedicated location in my desk for it, so the challenge was on, and I set out to build a easel for it.

I started out with a cardboard prototype, to figure out the proper size and angles; and afterwards I built it with Legos.

Lumia 920 Easel in Cardboard and Legos

Lumia 920 Easel in Cardboard and Legos

The final design allows you to use the phone in both landscape and portrait, it has a customizable angle, and has enough space to route the power cable.

Lumia 920 Lego Easel in portrait and landscape

Lumia 920 Lego Easel in portrait and landscape

Here is a PDF file with the Building Instructions, should you want to build your own (bill of materials included):

Lumia920_Stand-BuildingGuide

Happy Building.

Although I designed it for the Lumia 920, the easel itself is not brand specific and it can be used with many other phones. It might need some modification in the dimensions depending on the location of the ports and the length of the device for landscape mode.

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Recently I became coach of a team participating in the First Lego League (FLL) robotics tournament. We are a relatively small team, and we found ourselves in several occasions short on pieces to build the desired prototypes all at once, and the boys found it frustrating having to tear down their prototype so the next kid could build his. We realized then that Lego© has this amazing tool that it provides free of charge: Lego Digital Designer.

Using this tool, you can build your Lego© creation virtually, allowing you to keep a accurate representation of your model, in case you want to build it again with physical blocks. The tool automatically creates building instructions, in a format similar to the instructions that come with any Lego© set. It comes with the brick definitions for any Technics or Mindstorms kits.

The tool has been particularly useful to aid the boys in designing moving parts, like a gearbox and a gear switch.

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