I, For One, Welcome Our Robotic LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Overlords

LEGO just introduced the third generation LEGO Mindstorm sets. Like previous versions, a central computer controls motors and servos, essentially bringing the LEGO kit to life. This new version is heavily upgraded. And as a father, I must attest, I would use this set more than my kids. It’s that awesome.

The new version is powered by a small Linux computer packed with connectivity options. It can be controlled by a little IR remote or by an iOS or Android device. It has WiFi and an SD card slot for easy storage upgrades. And if that’s not enough, this version comes with an IR sensor and beacon, serving up a bit of interactivity.

But, like most things, specs do not matter. These are LEGO kits. That turn into robots. What more can you want?

The new kit will be available starting in the second half of 2013 for an MSRP of $349.99.