A YouTuber and inventor has found a way to keep Lego off his floors without losing any parts in the process. Matty Benedetto has created a device that he attaches to a vacuum cleaner to clean and sort through scattered bricks.
He calls it the “Lego Suck It!”
“Imagine the feeling of stepping on Legos that are all over the floor. And they’re just a pain to clean,” Benedetto said in an interview with As it happens guest host Gillian Findlay.
“It’s kind of a giant Shop-Vac that I had in my studio and I built an extension that has several different layers, so you can use the Shop-Vac hose to hose down all the Legos that are all over the place. floor .”
Benedetto, who lives in Burlington, Vermont, runs a YouTube channel called Useless Inventions. Some of his other inventions include a sock designed to glue Lego pieces together, as well as a bowl of popcorn meant to keep you from falling asleep during a movie.
“I always tell people that ‘useless’ is not the same word as ‘useless’. Something can have a use but still maybe be a bit useless,” Benedetto said. “I kind of like to thread the needle between those two words.”
Benedetto was inspired for his invention by the hit TV show Office, as well as his sister, who is the mother of two children. In an episode of the show, David Wallace, played by Andy Buckley, mentions an idea for a vacuum cleaner that would clean his children’s toys, including baseball gloves and drum sticks, which he called the “Suck It!”
“I kind of had it on my list for a while, and I was watching Office recently and this episode happened and it triggered it,” Benedetto said.
Watch Benedetto’s invention in action:
“I think to myself, if I had to build it, what would it look like? And once I have that image in my brain, I just have to jump in and start building it.”
Using the old Shop-Vac and some 3D printed components, Benedetto created the “Lego Suck It!” Not only does the vacuum clean Lego, but it also sorts bricks and pieces by size.
But unlike the character on the show, Benedetto has no intention of selling his invention to the US Department of Defense, or anyone else for that matter.
“At this point, I love building [things]dangling them like five feet in front of someone on social media, and when they want to buy it, I pull it out and put it in the safe,” Benedetto said.
“It’s kind of an evil trick I have on everyone that I’m the only one who can take advantage of it.”
Instead, it urges parents of Lego-loving kids to get their hands on a 3D printer and make their own devices to keep their feet from stepping on the painful bricks.
Written by Philippe Drost. Produced by Chloe Shantz-Hilkes.