Lego Mindstorms EV3: hackable, infrared, mobile

Written by Russell Co. Posted in Launch, News, Software and Apps

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Published on January 09, 2013 with No Comments

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It has been 15 years since Lego introduced their Mindstorms platform, back then the PC reigned supreme and all programming was done through it. Mindstorms had programmable robotic parts that interfaced with their Technic line. Now the PC isn’t the only device on the market. Kids today are becoming increasingly technologically adept and most know what an “app” is. To address this, the company has developed a new Mindstorms platform to introduce it to a younger generation while adding enough flexibility for its devoted following of robotics enthusiasts.

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The new Lego Mindstorms EV3 is powered by the new EV3 Intelligent Brick built on Linux firmware that is controllable via an Android or iOS app right out of the box. With such an open interface, it becomes easily hackable and further programming can be made by the user themselves and it also comes with a USB port and SD expansion slot. An infrared sensor will give more autonomous control as it follows other devices or the builder.

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It also becomes the first Lego playset to incorporate 3D building guides with the help of Autodesk’s app. The 3D instruction app allows builders to zoom in and rotate each step, viewing the process from every angle. The Mindstorms EV3 kit will be available in the second half of 2013 with a SRP of $350.