These New Smart Bricks Are Like Lego for Real Buildings

If these lumps of concrete look familiar, that’s because they take some of their inspiration from Lego—but there’s more to them than child’s play.

Created by a company called Kite Bricks, the blocks are actually referred to as Smart Brick, or S-Bricks to their chums. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, but all feature rows of knobs along their tops which slot into voids at the bottom of others. They’re fastened together with special adhesive, rather than mortar. Steel bars can also be inserted through channels in the bricks to add strength.

Kite Bricks can put together kits of the bricks, including standardized windows and doors, allowing a simple house to be constructed while creating virtually no mess or debris. But aside from ease of manufacture, the bricks have other practical features, too: they have open internal voids within them to provide insulation, and they feature easily accessible channels through which plumbing and wiring can run.

Sadly, the bricks are currently at the prototype stage, and the company needs to raise around $3 million for them to go into full-scale production. Maybe Lego could invest to target the most grown up of markets? [Kite Bricks via Wired.co.uk]

via These New Smart Bricks Are Like Lego for Real Buildings.

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About steventorresramos

I have over (24) years of Computer Aided Drafting & Design experience and over (16) years of IT experience. After graduating high school I attended a Technical College and earned an Associate Degree in Drafting & Design. I then enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico where I earned an A.S. in Civil Engineering Technologies. While attending the Univ. of Puerto Rico I worked as a freelance Drafter for a variety of architects and engineers. During my senior year I began to work for the firm Planning Management & Development in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Two years later I was offered the position at Mario Corsino & Associates, which later became InterGroup a medium size Civil Engineering, Architectural and Planning firm in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. At InterGroup I became assistant chief drafter where I was responsible for 20+ drafters & civil techs, and this is also where I began my IT training. In 2000 I decided to move to St. Petersburg, FL where I was hired as CAD Manager at Advanced Engineering & Design a small Civil Engineering firm established in 1998. Currently still employed by Advanced Engineering & Design I’m now the CAD/IT Manager. I have also continued to expand my knowledge base in both the IT & CADD fields through continued training, certifications, and attending Autodesk University. I’m currently an Autodesk Certified Professional proficient in AutoCAD, Civil 3D and various other Autodesk products. I have been the President of the Tampa Bay Autodesk Users Group (TBAUG) since late 2007 and a member of Autodesk Users Group International (AUGI) since 1996. I have an A.S. Degree in Computer Networking , a Bachelors of Applied Science in Technology Management and currently finishing work on my Masters in Computer Information Systems. I’m a licensed drafter in the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and a Microsoft Certified Professional. I hold certificates as a Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator, Cisco Networking Associate Professional and Linux Administrator.
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