This Lego paper airplane machine lets you unleash total chaos in the office

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If you’re dying to let your inner mischief-maker run amok, perhaps you need to take a look at this great Lego Mindstorms NXT contraption.

Built by NXTLOG member hkssn13 , the Lego Paper Plane Machine does exactly what the name suggests: It folds paper airplanes for you, then flings them at your next innocent victim.

The big machine uses two Lego Mindstorms NXT controllers, plus 10 motors, five servomotors, and a ton of sensors (including four color sensors). The build requires between 6000 and 7000 Lego pieces, though surely your box o’bricks is big enough to meet that demand…

It works by taking a sheet of paper from a pile then folding it up into a very basic plane. Once the plane reaches the end of the conveyer belt, it gets fired off in the direction of whomever you want to annoy. The force with which the machine flings the planes means that not only do the planes fly, but they also go fast. No one will spot the paper plane coming until it’s already hit them.

Seeing as this contraption is Lego-based, you could add on a longer conveyer belt for folding the ultimate paper plane, or build it into a stealthier design to fit in your desk at work. Now that would really annoy people trying to genuinely work in your office.

[Lego Mindstorms via Gizmodo]

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