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Farmer_JohnFarmer_John USA - 4,035 Miles from 62 West Wallaby St., Wigan, Lancashire, UKMember Posts: 2,404
edited December 2012 in Everything else LEGO
As someone who works in the technical profession, I enjoy looking at the patents Lego has filed to see where they are planning to take their product lines. One of the patents they filed in 2009 (in the USA) is entitled "ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTING BUILDING ELEMENT." If you look at the drawings (I didn't read the application in detail), it appears that they have devised a means to provide electrical connections through the blocks without using wires (i.e., using the blocks themselves). If they do this right (and I believe they will), the possibilities are endless for amazing sets.

http://www.google.com/patents/US20110300772?pg=PA5&dq=20110300772&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lBXEUO2QJ5Lw8ATq6IGICw&sqi=2&pjf=1&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=20110300772&f=false

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  • mressinmressin Lego City... erm LondonMember Posts: 843
    edited December 2012
    Interesting. Not unlike the 80s Light and Sound elements, I guess.

    Noteworthy that they didn't only patent the brick itself, but also the way in which it is manufactured. ;)
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