RASPBERRY PI fans could soon be able to celebrate the work of computing pioneer Ada Lovelace with a Lego set marking her contribution to history. Back in October, we celebrated the annual Ada Lovelace day, a chance to mark the importance of women's role in technology.
This week marks the 200th anniversary of Ada's birth and what better way to celebrate than to put your support behind a Lego recreation of Ada's life.
The set depicts herself and her friend and colleague Charles Babbage (she was more the Wozniak, he was the Jobs) with a model of their Analytical Engine, the unrealised computer which Babbage never built, but Lovelace had already written the first program for, which is also depicted.
But it also hides a secret inside, as this Analytical Engine opens up to reveal a space for a Raspberry Pi 2.0, so you can make your steampunk computer do real 21st century computing.
Also included is a classroom for Ada Junior to learn her computing skills and a tea room for Charles and Ada to relax in while they shift more paradigms. There's even a Victoria Sponge cake for this Victorian scene. All in all, it couldn't be a more perfect way to recognise the importance of these trailblazers.
However, as yet, it doesn't exist. As with all user suggested Lego, there have to be enough votes for it to be put into production, but just in time for the anniversary it has hit 5,000 votes, which gives it a six-month extension to be supported into production.
If you fancy owning yourself some Lovelace Lego with spanners, punchcards and even a pet owl, then get voting now on the Lego Ideas site. It doesn't commit you to anything. You will need your own Raspberry Pi, but we hear those are rather cheap at the moment. You can also follow Ada Lego Lovelace on Twitter for the latest news on the campaign.
Oh, and Happy 200th Birthday Ada. You don't look a day over 198. µ
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