If you have been on Google today you have seen the LEGO styled logo celebrating the 50th birthday of the LEGO brick we reported about earlier. Well, apparently there is actually a closer connection between Google and LEGO.
Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, used LEGO bricks as the external low-cost and expandable casing for 10 4GB (that is sure 10 years ago, but did they really just have 4GB HDD to play with?, maybe this is a typo in the press-release) hard disks when they were busy developing the Google search engine.
The original LEGO server casing still exists and is on display as part of an exhibition chronicling 80 years of computing machines at Stanford University in California's Silicon Valley.
"We are honored to have the iconic LEGO brick celebrated in this way by Google, because we know the 'Doodle' is reserved for only the most special of themes," says Jorgen vig Knudstorp, CEO of LEGO Group. "Mr. Brin and Mr. Page are prime examples of who we often refer to as 'builders of tomorrow' -- people who embrace the power of creative exploration and curiosity that leads to lifelong innovation and creativity. The LEGO brick -- the heart and soul of the LEGO Group -- is a catalyst for that development, and we're proud that it has also inspired the innovation that is the heart and soul of Google."
The LEGO Group will celebrate its legacy of inspiring and developing the builders of tomorrow this through several important milestones, including the 50th anniversary of the LEGO brick, with a variety of programs and promotions. Two products have been developed to commemorate the brick's anniversary: an open-ended LEGO set with a classic village theme including a gold 2x4 LEGO brick launches in August, and a one-of-a-kind Town Plan, featuring city hall, movie theater, gas station, car wash, two automobiles, and eight minifigures, including a letter from Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the company's owner, is now available on the LEGO shop.