LEGO Boost Officially Announced

LEGO Boost Officially Announced

LEGO Boost ©CNet

I posted about a teaser for a new product line for LEGO that was supposed to debut today and pretty much all the various tech sites (CNet, Engadget and even WSJ) have just revealed LEGO Boost!

Think of it as a more kid friendly Mindstorms EV3 which uses a combination motors and programmable bricks that works with your existing LEGO sets to create these colourful robots as opposed to LEGO Technic frame and elements.

LEGO Boost

LEGO Boost – Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat ©CNet

There is even an app that allows you to record voices and program speech into your designs.

It is slated for a mid-2017 release at a price of USD$160 which I feel is quite affordable for an entry set to robotics. The set comes with 5 different builds right out of the box which lets you create “Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder.”

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LEGO Boost comes with three “Boost” bricks (like the Ev3 Intelligent Brick) with tilt, colour and distance sensors and a motor. The set consists of 843 pcs and the Boost app is available on both iOs and Android.

I would say that this is a great way to connect with the kids and at the same time breath new life into your LEGO sets that are gathering dust in your storeroom.

So who wants to make a “Boosterised” Ultimate Collector’s Edition R2-D2 (10225)?

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