Designer Makes Lego-Style Helmet That Reads Comics to Kids
Inspired by the comics in old LEGO magazines, UK-based designer Jonathan Robson has created an interactive comics-reading platform in the beloved LEGO idiom. Called "Audio Comics," Robson's concept -- which is not official -- involves downloading a fully produced audiobook that's then transferred onto a USB drive which inserts into a helmet based on that worn by the classic LEGO figures. Children wear the helmet, which has built-in speakers with which to listen to the audio file while they read the corresponding comic book, which is received by mail.
As a child, designer Jonathan Robson subscribed to the LEGO Club and received the LEGO magazine through his door containing puzzles, competitions and comics. He explains: 'When I was young I played with LEGO a lot and all I used to read was the comics in LEGO magazines, I'd like to give something back to them as they helped me learn to read.'
Robson's website has loads of behind-the-scenes information on the construction of the LEGO space helmet and its comic book accessory, some of which you can see below.