Lego Mindstorms robots have been put to many good uses, such as solving Rubik's cubes and acting as a motorized wheelchair. Peter Purgathofer, an associate professor at the Vienna University of Technology, used Mindstorms to create a machine that automatically strips the DRM from Kindle e-books.
The DIY Kindle Scanner works by taking screenshots of each page of an e-book. The contraption holds the Kindle up in front of the camera on a laptop. The robot presses the "next page" button, takes a snapshot, and continues the process until it has captured a DRM-free version of the book.… Read more