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Lego’s New Robotics Set: Will Lego Boost Replace Lego Mindstorms EV3?

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Lego's New Robotics Set

If there’s a fun and easy way to learn robotics, Lego has it all figured out for everybody. And after four long years of waiting for a New Lego Robotics Set, the company figured out that it’s best to introduce it at CES 2017.

Lego Boost. Lego’s New Robotics Set, is on its way to teach kids how to bring their favorite Lego bricks to life through coding. And for those who are guessing that Lego Boost is even more expensive than the Lego Mindstorms EV3, it’s actually way cheaper.

Too bad Lego wasn’t able to release in time for Christmas!

Lego Boost at CES 2017

Lego recently revealed their new robotics product at the CES 2017. The Lego Boost Kit contains motors, sensors, and app control to enable its users to create different robot designs and program it to respond to its environment.

The Lego Boost uses six AAA batteries as a power supply, and has a special Lego Brick called Move Hub which is responsible for the movement of the robots. This hardware is also capable of responding to smartphones or tablets with the Boost app.

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The Boost app is available for iOS and Android users.

The kit is somehow similar to the Lego Wedo Construction set, with the traditional Lego bricks for its body. Boost also comes with sensors such as the tilt sensor (also available in the Wedo kit,) Distance Sensor, and a Color Sensor, which has similar function as the Lego EV3’s Ultrasonic Sensor and Color Sensor.

On the other hand, Lego clarified that Boost will not be replacing Lego Mindstorms. In fact, it acts as a bridge of the Lego Wedo and the Lego Mindstorms.

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Lego’s New Robotics Set and application also comes with building guides for five unique Lego robotics projects. These projects include a 3D Printer, a vehicle, a robot, a cat, and a guitar.

But with a little hint of creative thinking, the imagination of the user is the limit.

Lego’s New Robotics Set Price

Lego plans to release their New Robotics Set in the mid-year of 2017. Lego Boost will be available for $159.99, which is almost half the price of Lego Mindstorms EV3 which comes at $349.95 in Amazon.

Lego's New Robotics Set

Comparatively, Lego Boost is more user-friendly than Lego Mindstorms EV3. However, EV3 is a more advanced robotics kit that contains its own programmable microcontroller. EV3 is also capable of working even if it’s not connected to the laptop or any other device.

Lego Boost, on the other hand, focuses more on the Engineering aspects. It’s program solely depends on the Boost app, and can’t directly process a code.

An easier way of learning robotics is made possible again through Lego’s New Robotics Set, the Lego Boost.

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Stay tuned to TheBitbag for updates on Lego’s new robotics set.

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