Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, start your engines Programming: Lego Mindstorms EV3 is here.
The third generation of the platform full of Lego programmable robotics, EV3 is addressed to fans – young and old – and educators, and blowing past the previous generation, with a long list of new features that add speed and power, intelligent programmability and more ways to communicate with robots. Lego expects to start selling the product, which includes 594 Technic pieces that can be used to make five different robots, this summer at a retail price of $ 350. Also will announce additional instructions 12 robots at launch.
Lego released the first version of Mindstorms in 1998, and the second iteration, Mindstorms NXT, almost exactly six years in that year’s edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show. Also this year, the global toy giant chose CES as the place to unveil Mindstorms EV3. In the interim thousands, countless children and adults alike learned to program and build their own robots through Lego Mindstorms and became the bestselling product in the history of Lego, at least as measured by revenue.
Meanwhile, Lego developed a strong relationship with the enthusiast community and eventurned users to help better understand how the platform could be used. For Mindstorms NXT sold more in 2011 than it did in its initial release in 2006, Lego knows there is still great interest in the platform. And with Mindstorms EV3, a new generation of children, adults and more likely to be immersed in personal robotics. And as he did with NXT, Lego, again turned to its users to help develop EV3.
As with the previous two generations of Mindstorms, EV3 is a simple programming environment designed to allow almost anyone to create robots that follow the instructions and perform specific tasks. The system is built around a number of new sensors and programmable smart bricks, each of which is supposed to control a different motor, sensor, or screen. The bricks can be programmed to direct how a robot should move, how long and how far to go. Lego believes that almost anyone can get a Mindstorms robot EV3 running within 20 minutes of opening the box, and can even begin to program their robots without turning on the computer.
This is one of the blocks programmable intelligent platform part Mindstorms EV3.
Each brick comes with a programmable EV3 robotic ARM9 processor, a SD expansion slot and built-in memory of 16 MB Flash, Linux, Bluetooth 2.1, iOS and Android compatibility, a USB 2.0 interface that enables Wi-Fi connectivity, four input ports and output, a matrix display with a speaker.
On the hardware side, EV3 Mindstorms has three interactive servo motors, two touch sensors, an infrared seeker sensor that can measure the distance, motion and object detection, an infrared “beacon”, designed to control robots form remotely from a distance of up to six meters and a color sensor. Up to four bricks can be connected in series, and the USB port and Wi-Fi connectivity allows a wide range of expansion. Mindstorms EV3 also supports all Mindstorms NXT robots, enabling users to use everything you bought during generation NXT with EV3.
Perhaps the most important element of the platform is its EV3 Mindstorms programming environment. While the main way users can program your Mindstorms robots is doing in the development interface on their computers, then download the instructions to the robots, intelligent bricks also have an interface that allows easy programming. At the same time, Lego will soon launch mobile applications that can be used to design programs for robots.
Lego fans know that playing with Mindstorms EV3 want to start immediately, so that the new version of the platform with motors and sensors that know what they are and where they are for the second turn, appear in the programming interface , ready to be controlled. Similarly, the new engines or sensors that are also connected automatically displayed.
Mindstorms platform has always been shared with users encouraged to upload their creations to a common website. And that is more true than ever with EV3. While launch Lego instructions for 17 different types of robots in the launch, users are expected to reach thousands of unique designs that can be shared among the global community Mindstorms.
In a product demonstration at CNET last month, Lego executives showed some impressive capabilities EV3 Mindstorms platform.
Spik3r, a spider-like robot is able to shoot small balls with deadly accuracy.
For example, a spider-like robot called Spik3r was able to automatically identify the position of the beacon fire remote and small red balls directly, hit more often than not. Then he charged at the beacon.
With its sensors, another robot was able to detect when someone’s hand in front of him, and when he had criticized. Another demonstration showed how one of the robots are programmed to weave their way around a small obstacle field, hitting the tires little more in the way – intentionally – and then pressing a specific color sensor.
Lego has always worked closely with the global education community, and that is no different with Mindstorms EV3.
The company began allowing teachers in their plans for the new platform for some time, said, seeking input on the best educators EV3 Mindstorms position as a learning tool for children, and how the new product can best meet teachers’ needs. In total, Lego talked to more than 800 teachers from around the world, he said.
One of the most important questions they wanted to be able to answer was how even non-techies, educators Mindstorms could easily carry in their classrooms. And that meant finding out what teachers should correctly understand the platform and then help their students to learn from him.
Two children work in programming their Mindstorms robots EV3.
What was clear, Soren Thompson, Lego Education, said, is that teachers have to be able to build a program around Mindstorms EV3 in just 45 minutes. Ultimately, however, the goal of Thompson and his colleagues at the Lego Education program is to enable children to learn quickly the platform and understand how to build their own robots.
And Lego is emphasizing the ability of teachers will have to build curricula using Mindstorms robotics that can then easily share with other teachers around the world.