You build a robot with an EVC brick inside (the heart). Connect it to your computer or smart device and program it to do stuff.
The robots you make will do things you never thought possible. They walk, talk, move, and do whatever you want them to do.
There are three options for use of Mindstorms EV3:
Use the programmable brick and enclosed remote control for ready-made missions.
Use the intuitive Mindstorms software program (PC and Mac) included, featuring drag-and-drop icons.
Download the free app and command your robot using your smart device - WiFi, bluetooth or smartphone! (LEGO Mindstorms EV3 hooks to both Apple -iOS and Android devices.)
Follow the step-by-step 3D building instructions to create five fantastic futuristic robots and bring them to life. Then create 15 other robots with the free instructions for download from the LEGO website.
Another thing that's great about the assembly process? Mindstorms EV3 is the first LEGO playset with 3D building instructions! You can zoom in and rotate each step in the building process, making it easier to assemble even the most sophisticated robot.
LEGO fans, something unbelievable is soon to invade your play space. Hours of entertainment? Weeks? Try MONTHS.
Easy, intuitive and icon-based programming interface
Build robots and make them walk, talk, move, do what you want them to do!
3D building instructions – zoom in and rotate views!
Downloading and installing Mindstorms software occurs within minutes
Includes building instructions for 5 robots
15 robot builds available for download from the LEGO website
Includes modular builds which get kids programming and playing in minutes
Unlimited possibility for creating your own robots
Use the programmable brick and enclosed remote control for ready-made missions
Intuitive Mindstorms software program (PC and Mac) included, drag & drop icons
Download the free app and command your robot using your smart device - WiFi, bluetooth or smartphone, (Compatible with both Apple iOS and android devices)
“Mission Pad” included provides game play - tackle a series of obstacle courses with the robots you build and program
Includes everything you need: 3 interactive servo motors, improved sensors, programmable brick, 550+ LEGO Technic elements, remote control
Components made in Denmark, Hungary, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Czech Republic
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Lego Mindstorms & The Matthew Eff
Posted 6/13/2014 by Scott Landstrom
This gift was purchased for my 9yoa daughter for getting straight A's on her report cards. And also because I recently (May 2014) found an old Lego Mindstorms RCX robotics set, complete with cables and CD-ROMs. Trying to get the old set up and running on a rainy Saturday afternoon was a DISASTER! I would have thought a decade would be trivial for Legos, but Microsoft Windows 7 runs on a different chip set then Windows 98 did. The cables required a 15 pin port, not a USB which my laptop did not have. Drivers were not available online. Long story short -- my daughter went to bed with a headache when her firework excitement fizzled.
So I went to Fat Brain Toys to purchase the new Lego Mindstorms EV3 and waited for the last day of school.
When we opened it up, this time all fireworks, no fizzle. Within the hour we had constructed the TRACK3R robot, and had it executing autonomous commands. Typical Lego instructions: wordless picture, step by step, find the parts, snap them together. Enjoy the construction satisfaction.
Please bear the above in mind if you are purchasing this product ten years from now in 2025 (like how the robots have "l33t" speak names). Make sure of the hardware/software compatibility. Such as, I now knew:
- You'll want to pre-load the software to your laptop from the wesbite as no CD-ROM is provided
- You'll want to pre-load the EV3 to your smartphone so you can instantly control the brick & robot remotely (although an IR control is provided)
- You'll want to pre-purchase your AA and AAA batteries.
- You'll want to pre-purchase some bins for holding parts, as all the pieces are packaged in plastic bags, which after opening are not suitable for returning to the box for storage.
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