LEGO Shield Helicarrier
There have been tons of incredible LEGO sets in the past, but this latest, the Shield Helicarrier, still inspires awe and wonder. Of course, giant amazing sets don’t come cheap. According to Brickset, the Helicarrier will set you back a cool $349.99. What do you get for your $350? Here’s a breakdown from the LEGO press release.
Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill, plus an iconic SHIELD eagle stand to display them on
Features 3 microscale Quinjets, 3 fighter jets, a gasoline truck, 2 forklift trucks, 2 runways, 4 road blockades, armored exterior with translucent elements, detailed interior, plus 12 microfigures (Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and 8 SHIELD agents)
Also includes a detailed runway
Weapons include Hawkeye’s bow, Black Widow’s gun and Captain America’s shield
SHIELD Agent Maria Hill minifigure is new for spring 2015!
Includes a plaque with facts about The SHIELD Helicarrier
Add lights and spinning rotors to the Helicarrier with the 88000, 8883 and 8870 LEGO® Power Functions sets (sold separately)
Rotors can also be turned manually
Includes a display stand
For even more detail, check out the video.
The Realities of The Internet Of Things
While the realization of the possibilities of the Internet Of Things is still years away, we are well on our way down the path. With every industry showcase or tech conference comes another batch of internet connected devices. As of this year, there are 25 billion connected devices. By 2020, it’s estimated that there will be 50 billion. Our technological future is, as ever, in a state of flux. From 30,000 feet, it’s exciting. Imagine all the wonderful things all of these devices are going to be able to do. The reality of it all is not all candy and nuts.
As with all things internet, the rubber meets the road with security. With the number of devices connected to the global network set to explode, those problems only get that much more complicated. The FTC has released a report, Privacy And Security In A Connected World, that is well worth a read for anyone interested in where our digital lives are headed.