The Mindstorms Robot Inventor Kit from Lego is a new set that allows children to build and design robots. You will receive 949 parts as part of the kit, which includes a color sensor, a distance sensor, four motors and the Bluetooth-enabled "Intelligent Hub" from Lego. It is designed to teach children basic STEM skills, including programming, and is the first new entry in the Mindstorms series in seven years.
The kit includes instructions for five robots. Blast looks like the most impressive of the series, and Brothers Brick notes that it uses every stroke, motor, and sensor that comes with the kit. It is able to sense its surroundings and fire arrows, says Lego. There is also Charlie, a smaller robot that is more about dancing and distributing high fives, and Tricky, a "sporty" robot that can play basketball, soccer, and bowling. Gelo is a four-legged friend who can run around and avoid obstacles. Finally, there is the MVP (Modular Vehicle Platform), which can be installed in various vehicles such as buggies or cranes.
The Companion app uses a scratch-based coding language and also supports Python.
The kit includes Lego's new Intelligent Hub, similar to what the company included in its Spike Prime kit. This includes a 5×5 LED matrix with which the Blast and Charlie robots get simple animated faces, but also a 6-axis gyro / accelerometer, a loudspeaker, a micro USB connection and Bluetooth connectivity. It has six input / output ports, so you can connect it to a variety of sensors and motors.
Lego's free Mindstorms Robot Inventor app (available for Windows 10, macOS, iOS, and Android) includes instructions on how to create and code for each of these robots. However, you can also use it for coding with the scratch-based drag-and-drop programming language, as well as Python. These are especially useful if you want to take on the challenge of creating your own designs. You can also sync your own controller with this app to control your creations.
The only minor downside is that the Mindstorms Robot Inventor kit for $ 359.99 / $ 359.99 / $ 329.99 isn't cheap when released this fall. If this price seems a bit high, you should think of it as $ 72 per robot.