For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved LEGO bricks. While the basic blocks are great for all ages, sets like Technic and the mechanised Mindstorms kits have a tendency to be a bit complex for kids – especially when it comes to programming Mindstorms. Now, LEGO has announced a new series of mechanised, programmable components designed for ease of construction and programming.
LEGO BOOST kits make it easy for pre-teen kids to build interactive machines like robots, musical instruments, vehicles and more. The blocks work in concert with a drag-and-drop touch based app that runs on iOS or Android tablets, and allows builders to create programming sequences with ease.
Initially, LEGO BOOST will come in a $159.99(USD) starter kit that includes 3 BOOST bricks and 843 other LEGO elements, along with a special playmat that can be used to help practice programming and offering various mini challenges.
The 3 BOOST bricks include a move hub with a built-in tilt sensor, a combination color and distance sensor, and an interactive motor. The kit will include instructions for five models, but like all things LEGO, experimentation is encouraged.
LEGO says BOOST will hit shelves in August 2017.