CES 2013: LEGO Debuts iOS-Compatible LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

Monday January 7, 2013 6:10 AM PST by Juli Clover
As noted by Engadget, Lego has announced Mindstorms EV3, a new line of kid-friendly robotics designed to introduce children to building and programming robots while also attracting hobbyists and other robot enthusiasts.


The new Mindstorms system is powered by the EV3 Intelligent Brick, which features an ARM9 processor, 16MB of flash memory, 64MB of RAM, and the ability to function without the PC that previous Mindstorm systems have been dependent on. Lego has been producing Mindstorms since 1998, but the EV3 is the first version that can be programmed without a computer.

The Intelligent Brick offers full compatibility with iOS and Android devices right out of the box, and a new infrared sensor provides additional control over robots. Mindstorms EV3 also features Linux-based firmware, a USB port, and an SD expansion slot.

We are equipping today's tech‐literate generation of children with a more accessible, yet sophisticated robotics kit that meets their tech play expectations and abilities to truly unleash their potential so that they may surprise, impress and excite the world with their creativity.
At launch, the set will include building instructions for 17 robots, like "Reptar" the robotic snake that slithers and "Everstorm" the mohawk-sporting humanoid that can shoot mini spheres while it walks.

Lego has partnered with Autodesk to incorporate its first set of 3D building instructions, which will be released in the form of an iPad app.

Lego Mindstorms EV3 will be available for purchase in the summer of 2013 for $349.99.

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Posted: 25 months ago
I really wish I had kids so I had an excuse to buy this...
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Posted: 25 months ago

I really wish I had kids so I had an excuse to buy this...


I'm disappointed, you don't need kids to buy this! In fact, I would buy this because I don't have kids! Kids will just mess it all up! haha
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago

I really wish I had kids so I had an excuse to buy this...


...I think I need to research this product, so I know what to buy my future children. It's just good future-parenting.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago
Holy crap! 64 GB of RAM? Typo there
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago
64GB RAM can't be right
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Posted: 25 months ago

I really wish I had kids so I had an excuse to buy this...


If you are old enough to have kids you are old enough to buy anything you want :D
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago

So either include it with the rest or sell it separate for those of us with an old iPhone lying around the house basically collecting dust.


Or, do what Lego did, and provide a means to interact with more than just one brand of devices, and make sure they're selling a *complete* product that doesn't rely on the whims of other companies in unrelated markets. :rolleyes:

Seriously, it would be *neat* if you could just plug in your iPhone, but it's not even remotely *practical* to require it from a product design stand-point.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago

At launch, the set will include building instructions for 17 robots, like "Reptar" the robotic snake that slithers and "Everstorm" the mohawk-sporting humanoid that can shoot mini spheres while it walks.


Oh good - first generation Terminators.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 25 months ago
That picture somehow reminds me of WALL-E
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Posted: 25 months ago

I'm disappointed, you don't need kids to buy this! In fact, I would buy this because I don't have kids! Kids will just mess it all up! haha


Agreed, not to mention, you have to share with them.:D This looks totally awesome!
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