Controlling your LEGO creations with your Android or iOS device will soon be a possibility thanks to the newest version of the LEGO Mindstorms system, EV3. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show In Las Vegas, LEGO Mindstorms EV3 will feature an Intelligent Brick (RCX) powered by Linux Firmware, that features a SD card slot as well as a built-in infrared sensor. In addition, the Intelligent Brick also allows for a more open platform to program for.
Unlike previous iterations of Mindstorms, EV3 will allow for the Intelligent Brick to be programmed directly, without the use of a computer. LEGO has also teamed up with software company Autodesk to provide a program that serves as a 3D building guide for EV3. Priced at $350, the 594 piece LEGO Mindstorms EV3 should be out in the latter half of 2013.
Source: Engadget, Technic Bricks
What apples are to the iPhone, the ubiquitous green robot is to devices running on the Android platform. With Android grabbing a 68% share of the smart phone market as of late, it is only natural that demand for a brick built Android robot has grown. In fact, it has grown so much so that a LEGO CUUSOO project aiming to put the lime green machine into production has gathered more than 5000 supporters in just one week! Featuring multiple points of articulation and a fair amount of detail, the project is well on its way to reach 10,000 supporters and garnering an official review from LEGO.
Build, scan, score sums up LEGO’s Life of George perfectly. Building with LEGO bricks is combined with the competitiveness of a game developed for mobile devices, namely those on the iOS and Android platforms. Players can build as part of single and multi-player games as well as quizzes, scan their creations in an attempt to achieve a high score. With the LEGO Life of George 2 game itself downloadable from the Apple App Store and Google Play, the physical set itself will come complete with 144 pieces, a play mat and a George sticker.
Disney Android and iPhone game Where’s My Water? is now getting its own line of toys. The line includes plushes based on characters from the game, such as, Swampy, Ally and Cranky. The plush animals are currently available for $16.50, while additional products like vinyl figures and more plushes based on the mobile game will be released later this summer and into the fall.
The browser based title, Skylancer – Battle for Horizon will soon be heading to iOS platforms in the form of Skylancer: Treasure Island, a stand-alone puzzle title. The game takes place on flying islands where resources are gathered to make items and earn the highest score. The game also offers some connectivity with its browser based brethren by allowing players to find treasure chests in Skylancer: Treasure Island and redeem them for items in Skylancer – Battle for Horizon. Continue reading