CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2013) – Today The LEGO Group announced LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3, a new platform for consumer robotics designed to introduce a younger generation to the excitement of building and programming robots while adding new flexibility for its devoted following of robotics enthusiasts. Unveiled for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 is the result of three years of product development by an international team of LEGO designers, MINDSTORMS user-enthusiasts and leading technology experts. LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, available in the second half of 2013, will be previewed to members of the global media at Digital Experience! on January 7 and will be demonstrated to CES attendees during the [email protected] Summit, January 8-11, 2013, in the Venetian Hotel.
With LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 you can turn your LEGO creations into live robots that follow your every command. The new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set includes everything you need – motors, sensors, programmable brick, 550+ LEGO Technic elements, remote control – to create and command robots of even your wildest imagination, including 5 cool robot characters. Download the 3D building instructions and the app to command your robot via your smart device. Then program your robots to walk, talk, move and do whatever you want them to do to via the intuitive software program, the programmable brick or your smart device.
And not only do we have this good news, we also have the specifications:
EV3 Intelligent Brick
Stronger and faster ARM9 robotic processor
Embedded 16MB FLASH memory
64 MB RAM plus SD expansion slot
LINUX operating system, released under open source
USB 2.0 interface allows for WiFi connectivity
4 input ports: Connect up to 4 sensors at the same time, including your NXT sensors
4 output ports: Now you can power up to 4 motors (Either Large, Medium or NXT)
Up to four intelligent bricks to be connected together (That’s 16 sensor and 16 motor ports!)
Matrix display with loudspeaker
Button interface with status indication
Enhanced on-brick programming
Bluetooth ® v2.1
iOS and Android compatible
3 Interactive Servo Motors: 2 large and 1 medium
1 Touch Sensor
New IR Seeker Sensor measures distance, movements and detects objects, and acts as a receiver for the remote control
New IR Beacon remotely controls robot from up to 2 meters (6 feet) away
Improved Color Sensor detects 6 colors as well as the brightness of light sources
Backwards-compatible with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: Connect your NXT Sensors and motors to the new EV3 brick.
Assortment of 594 LEGO TECHNIC® elements for easy, more stable building with improved functionality and movement capabilities
Downloadable software is PC and Mac compatible
Icon-based drag and drop environment for “building” programs with new interactive content that helps de-bug programming
Great news if you have lost your installation CD or you are looking to
install NXT-G on more computers.
LEGO has just released the NXT-G 2.0 software for download for free.
A few caveats though. This is the retail version of the software so
you won’t have any of the nice graphical datalogging capabilities and
there is no ‚Robot Educator‘ so you don’t have access to all the great
tutorials. The temperature sensor blocks aren’t included but the
colour sensor blocks are. You can always download a temperature block
from Steve Hassenplug’s website
But if all you are doing is standard programming, this will be fine.
I know of one teacher who is happy that they can now load a version of
the software onto their student laptops to take home (previous site
licences were a little murky on take home laptops).