LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Logo 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.

EV3 Intelligent Brick

EV3 Intelligent Brick

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

Programming Software

  • 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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