The next installment of the LEGO Mindstorms platform -EV3 – has recently been announced at International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. EV3 is to succeed NXT and continue the LEGO robotics product line.
MINDSTORMS EV3 will enhance the on-brick programming, so it should be possible to build and program robots without using a computer. The highly-hackable Linux firmware will allow robots to be controlled from an iOS or Android mobile phone. The new OS is part of a much versitile system, as the EV3 includes as SD card for storage, and a built-in infrared sensor.
LEGO MINDTSORMS EV3 is expected to hit stores mid-2013, the core unit retailing for US$350.
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 (Yes, 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
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