People are working from home more often now than ever. With no one around, you can find yourself in weird situations when you get a call from the boss. But, that doesn’t stop some people from getting things done. This Lego MOC is called “Zoom Meetings, Quarantine Day 45” and is created by Chris Malloy. This build ended up winning the Master Build at the virtual BrickCan 2020. The challenge was titled “Holding it together” and you could only use pieces from the Lego D.Va & Reinhardt (75973) Overwatch set with a six hour limit. A few of the fun details include the Minifigure hair piece used as a washcloth, the Overwatch logo pieces uses for eyeglasses, and the slippers. The faucet is a great minibuild on its own, and the brick built figure works well. This is just one of the Overwatch alternate builds, but it sure is memorable.
Spending all day writing code can be a lonely experience, so why not build your own little office worker. You can watch him work all day, instead of doing your work. This is the “Office Worker Lego Automaton” created by JK Brickworks. This little build features one office worker, one office chair, a PC style computer tower, a monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse, desk, mug, headphones, and a potted plant. All the stuff you need to compile code, pivot excel spread sheets, or play Doom. This Lego build is also an automaton. You can turn the crank and watch the little worker type. The design can even be motorized so he can work on his own. A neat feature is that the vignette can be modified to reflect your own settings. You can easily add duel monitors, change to a standing desk, change the speakers, change the potted plant, and modify the appearance of the worker. So compile code, commit to GitHub, and start debugging now with this Lego automaton.
There is something about the tactile feeling of a mechanical keyboard. The loud key clicks and the distance of travel make the keyboard very satisfying to type on. A whole community has formed around these keyboards. Many custom and commercial versions are available. If you want to go even further down the rabbit hole, there are custom keycaps with all sorts of designs and colors. This custom Lego mechanical keyboard is the work of JK Brickworks. They started with a base; by gutting a Cooler Master Quick Fire Rapid and some 3D printed custom Cherry MX compatible LEGO keycaps. This allows Lego bricks to be clicked onto the working keyboard. Kind of similar to the new Lego Dots theme. The finished design features a lot of printed tiles, some of which are extremely rare. The caps lock is a bit more tactile and features a classic Lego hat. The best part is that at any time the keycaps can be changed out with different colors and/or newer printed Lego tiles.
Another earlier version of this project was built up using a membrane style keyboard. Which was gutted and built back up with a Lego Technic skeleton. Not as satisfying as the newer mechanical kind, but still an amazing project.
The designer of the custom Lego compatible keycaps offers them for sale in the Shapeways store. This way you can customize your own keyboard, with out going all Lego.
Working from home is becoming increasingly popular. You mostly get to set your own hours while you dress how you want. If you add up all the time spent in the office with meetings, talking at your desk, and taking breaks you might find that you are a lot more productive at home. So what do you do, when you find all your work finished in the first three hours of the day? Play video games, watch tv, make lunch, clean the house, and make Lego stuff. Check out this little Lego MOC, called “ ‘Working’ from home” created by jasoncichon. It is a very clean Minifigure scale desk. The mouse is especially great, as is the flat LCD monitor. All of this and not one stud in sight.