Toy company Lego has announced their latest innovation: Lego Boost. This app-driven building system allows enthusiasts (yes, we know they’re not just for kids) to build and code their own smart Lego robot.

“We know that children dream of bringing their Lego creations to life, and our chief ambition for Lego Boost is to fulfill that wish. Once children build a Lego creation, we give them simple coding tools to ‘boost’ their models by adding personality,” said Simon Kent, design lead for the Lego Group. “We want children to first and foremost have a fun and limitless play experience, adding the coding opportunity is the means to get there.”

Boost is powered by a Move Hub, a stud-covered brick with a built-in tilt sensor. Lego builders can then add various parts, including motors and a colour and distance sensor that will give the creation the ability to move. The Lego Boost set includes instructions for five models: Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder.

Check out the video above to see how Lego Boost works. The company estimates that Boost will be available in the second quarter of this year and will retail for about R2 200 ($159.99).

 

Images and video credit: Lego