Lego is a company best known for their sets of building blocks, bringing hours of entertainment to both kids and adults over the years. During the CES 2017 show, the company presented a new kit that lets kids build smart toys. Under the Lego Boost brand, the company is one of the first to venture into the world of “smart building blocks.”
Learning How To Code By Playing With Legos
The Lego brand of products has diversified quite a bit over the past few years. What once started out as a company bringing plastic building blocks to the world turned into a business that wants to serve technological and educational needs. Not too long ago, the Lego Mindstorm kits proved to be quite a success among both children and adults.
In 2016, Lego launched their WeDo 2.0 robotics kit, which surprised quite a few people. The primary objective of this new product line was to make tech and science concepts more appealing to elementary students. By using the trusted building kits, and combining them with motors and other small electronics, Lego made quite an impact on the market.
At CES 2017, the company raised the bar yet again by introducing a new kit. Unlike its previous products, this new line will solely focus on making coding appealing to consumers, without necessarily making it a full-blown educational tool. Children and adults are still able to learn a thing or two along the way, but the primary objective is to make coding accessible and fun.
Every Lego Boost kit comes with its own Move Hub, which looks like a larger Lego brick. In this brick is a sensor, which can power the Lego creations once they are put together. Additionally, the kit contains individual blocks with sensors and a motor, allowing the creations to take in surrounding colors and the distance from any object in its path.
A mobile companion app can go a long way in the Digital Age, and Lego acknowledges that fact. A total of 60 coding activities is included within the app, and it appears more activities will be added as time progresses. Plus, it is possible to use the Lego Boost app as a way to record speech, giving the toys the ability to speak.
What makes this whole product line even more appealing is how it can be used to “boost” other Lego creations. The first step is to give users an understanding of how the sensors work. Once this has been achieved, children can then build bases and add them to virtually any other Lego creation. It’s nice to see the toy company focus on making this new line backward compatible.
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