Introducing the all New LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3
The EV3 is the 3rd robot making kit of the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® series and was cooperatively developed with MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
With its new sensors and capabilities, not only can you make more capable robots, but you can also run advanced scientific experiments in the class room using its software.
The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 has been improved dramatically with a faster processor, additional output ports, programming improvements and a newly added USB port, micro SD card slot, and auto-ID function.
You are now able to program directly on the “brick” and use a combination of an IR, Bluetooth, or even a smart phone to wirelessly control your creations.
LEGO MINDSTORMS® EV3 Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is LEGO® MINDSTORMS®?
A: LEGO® MINDSTORMS® is a programmable robotics construction set that gives you the power to build and program your own LEGO® robots.
Q: What does EV3 stand for?
A: This is the third generation of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® platform and the “EV” stands for evolution, hence EV3.
Q: What is a programmable brick?
A: The programmable brick is the intelligent programmable microcomputer that controls motors and sensors, as well as providing wireless communication through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Q: I have a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT set already – will a conversion kit from the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT set to the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 set be made available?
A: No, a conversion set will not be made available.
Q: How do the EV3 sensors compare with the NXT sensors?
A: A lot of improvements have been made. Some of the more notable are:
- The EV3 Color Sensor can detect 7 colors (and no colors) as opposed to the NXT Color Sensor which can detect 6 colors
- With the EV3 Color Sensor you have Reflected Light mode which removes background light.
- The EV3 sensors can return new values 1000 times/sec where the NXT sensors only return new values 333 times/sec.
Q: How is the EV3 differentiated from the NXT?
A: See overview below:
EV3 vs NXT
- New play experience with apps
- Connect to Apple devices
- Voice control via apps
- Connect your robot to Internet (via USB host)
- Online building instructions – models in total 17
- 3D building instructions (the 5 main models)
- Fewer building steps, less time
- Non-verbal paper instruction
- Button backlight (3 colors)
- Loudspeaker Premium Basic
- 4 Motor ports vs 3
- Memory 16 MB vs 256 KB
- Screen resolution 178×128 vs 100×64
- USB Host port
- Infrared Sensor
- Infrared Beacon
- SD card reader
- Linux on intelligent brick
- Processor ARM 9 vs ARM 7
At Robot U we understand how important it is to have the students supplied with the best materials and enough to have maximum hands on time. Our students are set up with one education MINDSTORMS set with expansion (just like the recommended sets used by FIRST LEGO League) and a tablet computer for every 2 students to learn with. This is the best way to insure that the students have maximum hands on time while still learning to work as part of a team.
Pretty Cool, huh?