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Revolutionary LEGO brick sorting vacuum

by admin on April 6, 2018

in Other News & Updates

For April Fools’ Day this year, LEGO posted a photo of a “revolutionary brick sorting vacuum”, called VacuSort. This handsome little machine supposed to be able to sort LEGO pieces by shape and color, and even separate out dust. The VacuSort was meant to be a funny joke in response to parents always complaining about stepping on LEGO bricks, and the constant challenge of sorting and organizing LEGO pieces (something that’s an issue not just for kids and parents, but also older LEGO fans and even professional LEGO designers). 🙂

The VacuSort was shared over 43,000 times on Facebook, with 72,000 likes, and close to 10,000 comments. It obviously resonated with people not just as a fun joke, but also something that they really want and need. In fact, most of the responses are requesting LEGO to make the VacuSort for real. LEGO got a similar enthusiastic response on Twitter.

LEGO fans have been experimenting with all kinds of LEGO sorting machines. They are usually elaborate and large assembly-line type structures, made of LEGO Technic elements and LEGO Mindstorms robotics. They are able to separate pieces by shape, size, and color, based on how they were programmed. You will find a number of examples of such creations on YouTube, such as the one below.

A simpler, but still very large and complex example of a LEGO sorting machine comes in the #42055 LEGO Technic Bucket Wheel Excavator as the alternate B-model. The Mobile Aggregate Processing Plant (as it’s called) is able to separate larger LEGO pieces from smaller ones with a fairly good accuracy. This is a super impressive LEGO model in itself, however not very practical for actual sorting due to it’s limited abilities, large size, and very slow operation.

Perhaps one day, LEGO, or another company will make the VacuSort a reality. It was clear from the response to their April Fools’ post that the demand is very much there. Maybe they do have something in mind, and they were just testing to see how people would like it… we can dream…

What do you think? Would you like to have a VacuSort that can vacuum up and sort your LEGO bricks? Do you think it’s a possibility? How would it work, and what would it look like? Feel free to share your thoughts and own ideas in the comment section below! 😉

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Håkan April 6, 2018 at 10:08 AM
admin April 6, 2018 at 10:43 AM

The Brothers-Brick also posted a tutorial for building Trump. 😀

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FrenchToast April 6, 2018 at 11:04 AM

OMG!!! We so need this!!!

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jabber-baby-wocky April 6, 2018 at 11:26 AM

Why is Lego teasing us like this? They know we WANT IT! This is not Aprils Fool, this is torture! 😀

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LEGOJeff April 6, 2018 at 11:43 AM

Sigh….. if only this was real!

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Legostuff71 April 6, 2018 at 11:51 AM

After seeing this , I keep thinking about the seen from Spaceballs . When the bad guy ship turns into a maid . I can see lego making something like that. Lol!

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Håkan April 6, 2018 at 12:58 PM

Or a MOC!

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Hayato April 6, 2018 at 1:07 PM

Parents are crying out in joy everywhere. Only to find out that this thing is not real. And I’m so tempted by that Technic set!

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sammy April 6, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Lego should make some kind of ball contraption set. They are so satisfying to watch and educational to build. It could be carrying balls or parts, and be programmable with either Mindstorms or Boost.

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admin April 6, 2018 at 4:41 PM

I would love to see that too! 😀

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Håkan April 6, 2018 at 7:39 PM

I think the problem is that they need to be rather parts-heavy to work predictably.

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admin April 6, 2018 at 11:32 PM

We talked about some small ball-contraptions in the past. They may not be as big and impressive, but you can start small to get the techniques down, then build up from there: http://thebrickblogger.com/2017/03/lego-great-ball-contraptions-starting-small/

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Legostuff71 April 6, 2018 at 10:35 PM

Off topic : if you had to choose between Star Wars , Marvel, D C or city . Which would it be and why.

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Sith015 April 6, 2018 at 11:35 PM

I vote for Star Wars, because I’m a Star Wars fan. But I tell you, if you get into SW, you won’t have money left for anything else. Unless you’re very rich, of course. Join the DARK SIDE!!!! Mu-ha-ha!!!!

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Håkan April 7, 2018 at 5:12 AM

I vote for Marvel, because I’m a Marvel fan…

Then, I only buy occasional Marvel sets, anyway.

(And the last set I bought was a DC set, Superman and Krypto Team-up, mostly due to Lobo and the trans-green pieces.)

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