CES 2017: Lego unveils new programmable robots

The Danish firm will soon launch Lego Boost, a construction kit for realizing, animating and programming various creations due to a motor and various sensors.

After several generations of Lego Mindstorms, then an educational kit called WeDo 2.0, intended for primary schools, the famous Danish toy manufacturer presents Lego Boost, its latest novelty in programmable robotics for children.

Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas this week, this one is geared more towards entertainment than education. It is a construction kit that allows children (ages 7 and up) to "bring their Lego creations to life by adding movement, sound and personality", writes the brand in its release.

The kit consists of Lego bricks, of course, but also a motor, a tilt sensor and a color and distance sensor, all powered by six AAA batteries. The brand even integrated a robot to automatically carry out certain constructions. It also provides instructions for making different models: a robot named Vernie, a cat named Frankie, a guitar or a Rover type vehicle.

Smart object requires an application for smartphones or tablets (iOS and Android) obviously complete the whole. It allows to program the toys by simply dragging/dropping and including "more than 60 activities thought to inspire additional constructions". Lego Boost will be released in the second half of the year at a suggested retail price of $160.

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