New Lego robotics kit talks to iPhones
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Lego bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit.
Lego announced on Monday that a new, US$350 (S$429) Mindstorms EV3 kit will have the ability to talk to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches through Bluetooth wireless connections. That means Lego builders can use the devices as remote controls for their robots, or create simple programs that are then sent to the robots to control their actions.
Lego said the kit will go on sale in the second half of the year. It was announced as the International Consumer Electronics Show begins in Las Vegas this week.
Remote control was already possible with Android smartphones and the most recent Mindstorms kit, the NXT. Apple devices didn't work because the "brain" of the kit - a juice-box-sized electronic brick - lacked a chip that would identify the Lego gadget to Apple devices.