CES 2017: The Lego Boost Kit Turns Your Bricks Into Robots | WIRED

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.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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