This third edition of Mindstorms features a number of improvements over its seven year-old second generation NXT papa. The Linux powered EV3 version of Mindstorm’s “Intelligent Brick” features an ARM9 processor, 16MB of flash memory, 64MB of RAM, and an SD card slot. Kids of all ages will be able to communicate and program their creations via USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even iOS and Android devices using a free app. The brain brick is adorned with a black and white LCD, control d-pad, and four of LEGO’s own connectors for the included sensors and motors. Somewhere inside is even a speaker for creating suitably threating robot noises.
Speaking of sensors and motors, the base Mindstorms EV3 package will include three servo motors, two touch sensors, and an infrared sensor capable of detecting different colors and judging distance.
LEGO Mindsorms EV3 is expected to ship in the second half of 2013 as a giant 400+ brick set for $350. The overthrow of humanity is expected to follow shortly thereafter. Check out more at LEGO’s education site.