Like millions of other kids (and grownups) my daughter and I simply love her Legos. She can’t get enough. When I found out that Lego was unveiling LEGO® BOOST Building and Coding Set at CES I had to put them on my list. I was expecting something similar to Play-Doh’s Touch Studio that also empowers kids to bring their creations to life. The difference is that LEGO® BOOST brings their creations to life in the real world rather than in the virtual on-screen world.
The LEGO® BOOST Building and Coding Set lets children bring their LEGO creations to life by adding movement, sound, and personality. Demonstrations took place at the Lego booth in the Kids@Play Kids & Technology Marketplace in the Sands Expo.
What Does It Do
This set lets the child build the toy they want with the endless possibilities of a traditional Lego set combined with an endless variety of movement and sound capabilities. This is made possible through an app based coding environment. This set is intended for children age 7 or older.
Lego’s description of the components
“Powered by a Move Hub, a LEGO stud-covered brick with built-in tilt sensor upon which children can add LEGO elements, motors and a sensor that combines color and distance detection, LEGO BOOST brings movement to any LEGO creation. The set includes building instructions for five diverse models; Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder, each designed to give children the basic building and coding skills needed to express their creativity by personalizing whatever they build.”
Simon Kent, design lead for LEGO Group said, “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.” “We want children to first and foremost have a fun and limitless play experience, adding the coding opportunity is the means to get there.”
Coding Brings The Toy to Life
A free downloadable app (iOS and Android) introduces children to coding. It includes the guidance, building instructions, and simple coding commands to bring five LEGO creations to life, one at a time.
Children build behaviors and actions in the app by linking digital coding blocks in an easy-to-understand horizontal layout. The app also lets children add voice recordings to their creations, adding personality without requiring spelling and typing. The app also includes more than 60 activities designed to inspire additional building, coding, and play.
Boost Your LEGO Creation
To further inspire creative building and coding, the LEGO BOOST app includes a “creative canvas”. This includes basic building instructions for three simple base models that children can use to customize their own LEGO creations. The three bases available at launch include a walking base for making animals like a dragon or a pony. Next is a driving base for building vehicles like a dune buggy or rover. The third is an entrance base so children can make their own castle, fort, or a futuristic space station. Once children are comfortable with building and coding the various LEGO BOOST models, they can use the kit to “boost” any LEGO creation – from LEGO CITY and LEGO Friends to LEGO NINJAGO and The LEGO BATMAN Movie.
The LEGO® BOOST set Includes:
- 3 BOOST Bricks:
- Move Hub with built-in tilt sensor
- Combination color & distance sensor
- Interactive motor
- 843 LEGO elements
- Playmat calibrated to the app, designed to facilitate mini challenges to practice simple coding trials
- LEGO BOOST Free, downloadable app
LEGO BOOST uses 6 AAA batteries.
The suggested retail price for the LEGO® BOOST Building and Coding Set is $159.99 (USD) and it will be available the second half of 2017.
In this video, we have a live demo of LEGO® BOOST Building and Coding Set