Lego Mindstorms EV3

Building our first Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot, coming September 1 with iOS/Android support

Fancy yourself a robotics expert? Like Lego? Own a smartphone or tablet? Lego Mindstorms EV3 might be the type of toy for you.

Lego Mindstorms, a programmable robotics kit, has been around for a number of years, but the latest kit coming this fall finally adds support for smartphones and tablets via an app, an exciting development when you consider that this app could act both as a remote control and a programming tool.

Alas, that iOS/Android app isn't available to test yet, but the rest of the EV3 box I was sent to play with matches what will be available on September 1. Like previous Mindstorms robots, you can connect to a Mac or Windows PC connectivity via software and a USB cable that plugs into the central Mindstorms Brick, which houses an ARM9 CPU and an LCD screen. You program Mindstorms robots this way, or on the Mindstorms Brick itself.

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