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This Lego Mindstorms EV3 unboxing video by EV3 developer Laurens Valk shows you what you get in the box. The word on the street is that the Technic parts are mostly the same as previous sets, with the EV3 microcontroller brick showing the most changes. It looks pretty radical! There’s an SD card slot, a higher-resolution screen, and increased processing power with an ARM9 running Linux.

I’m expecting a receive a review set this week, and I’m really looking forward to playing around with the EV3 as well as its software, which has also been redesigned from the ground up.

Any questions about the set? Leave them in comments and I’ll attempt to answer them once I have the set in hand. And by the way, the set hits stores on September 1st and will cost $350.

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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  1. Georgina Maldonado says:

    Will this work with an Android or Ubuntu OS?

  2. Bill C says:

    Wonder what the possibility is for building a EV3 compatible using 3d printing and a Raspberry Pi?

    1. The new hardware is not that impressive, looks like the old kit.

      I hope they improved the software? It not then this is a very average robotics kit.

  3. CR says:

    How easily will you be able to leverage all the popular open HW out there now, like RaspPi, Arduino, etc.? Also, how do you see the 3d printing phenomenon fitting into this? Seems like this could be an awesome nexus of recent DIY tech trends or else a big missed opportunity.

    1. I agree 3d printing of the Lego parts is great idea. Not sure it you can download the 3d designs of the parts though. So someone will have to scan them or reengineer them. The question about the servos and the electronics is will you be saving that much money? 350.00 USD for a robot kit is a very reasonable price. Just start counting up the price for all of the servos motors, electronics and sensors in the kit. I am sure someone will be able to get the Lego code to run on a RaspPi and Ardunio combo but what have you saved? An Ardunio and RaspPi will cost you about 70.00 USD and you still need servos and sensor. Just buy the kit. It will be a good place to start and then you can start Hacking the kit. Most robot kits are a great buy for what you get. The opportunity for DIY tech, hacking and making is what you do with the kit and the capabilities that you added to it.

  4. Brian says:

    where would the other instruction booklets be?

    1. That is a very good question! I hope the answer is not the education kit?