THE BEAUTY OF Lego has always been its simplicity. The iconic bricks don’t talk, flash or move—except in your imagination. Until now. Lego just unveiled Boost, a clever kit that introduces programming and a touch of tech.
Kids, and kids at heart, can attach any Lego bricks to Bluetooth-enabled programmable motors and sensors. A wheel module turns your car into a racer. A walking module makes your robot dance. An “entrance” module ensures that the gate guarding your castle rises. A host of sensors let you program your creation to make noise, light up, and react to motion.
Lego did not, strictly speaking, create an educational tool, but the $160 kit, available in August, does a great job sneaking learning into playtime. “Fundamentally we want kids to have fun first,” says lead designer Simon Kent.