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Lego Boost makes robots dance, play, meow and fartLego Boost is an insane robotics kit that can program lots of things to do even more things. Here are some of those things.
[SOUND] Hi, this is Scott Stine, and this should be your next Lego kit. Your next Lego kit could be one that makes cool robots, like really cool ones. Lego boost is the best of both worlds. It's a big Lego construction set, and it's a programmable robotics kit. And so far, it's pretty great. For $160, you get 840 bricks, a central Bluetooth connected computer, motors and instructions to make several robots and toys. A big rolling robot named Vernie. My name is Vernie, it's nice to meet you. An electric Lego guitar. [SOUND] A roving walker, a kitten and a Lego building mini machine. Lego Boost connects with Android or IOS apps, where instructions for everything are kept. Everything is programmable too. With sound effects coming from your phone or tablet. [SOUND] Can I see some identification please? Lego Boost sensors can respond to movement and colors and actions [SOUND] can be triggered from voice on your phone's or tablet's microphone. Building Bernie, the main robot in Lego Boost, took a grown adult like me about two hours. But a motivated kid like my son was a bit quicker. My eight year old joined in and totally schooled me. To make other models You need to tear down your first one, and build another. Lego Boost uses a mix of traditional Lego bricks, and ones like Techic uses. But it also means that you can decorate your Boost robots with your own Lego's, and get as weird as you want. Going off road is part of the idea. Even the sound effects can be customized. There are already hundreds, but you can add your own. Hey my name is Scott. Boost is meant for a younger range of kids than the years old LEGO Mindstorm kits, about 7 to 12. The idea is that the skills learned here could be built on in future app updates or in step up kits. But Boost is self-contained, so all the things it can do here and later on are in this one box which, as a parent, I love. All my kids wanted to see, though, was the LEGO robots farting. So, here you go, kids. Lego robots farting.