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LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Review Excerpt: Mixing lots of building opportunities with some unnecessary complexity — not to mention a hefty price tag, the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 system ($350, www.legoeducation.us/mindstorms) is the long-awaited upgrade to LEGO Mindstorm. For those who care, it’s kit number 31313. The brain of the system is the EV3 (short for evolution 3). About the size of a very fat bar of soap, the controller block comes with a one-color LCD screen and a primitive arrow-key menu system. We had hoped to find a touch screen interface and rechargeable batteries. Oh well… perhaps EV4. The battery issue is important, because those same 6 AA’s power as many as eight controller ports that might include motors and sensors. The good news is that the EV3 now has bluetooth, so you can download an app called the LEGO Mindstorms Create & Command for your iOS or Android device. Once the bluetooth connection has been paired, the controls are more accessible and fun. There’s also an infrared remote mode. The EV3 also has Micro SD expansion, and a USB port for connecting and programming from a Mac or Windows computer, providing you download the software. Subscribers,┬áplease log into our database using your password to read the full review along with our rating.

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