Behind the programmable toys is the future, and for everyone in this doubting Lego has put on CES a new line of designers called Boost.
What is the point: besides the usual building blocks, the designer also includes a special platform equipped with a set of sensors, which can be programmed for certain actions. This is the “brain” of the designer, and it is to it that additional blocks are then connected, from the usual bricks to the motors, which drive the entire structure into motion. After assembling the robot, the child will then be able to program it for certain actions. And programming here, though, is presented in a game form, but as close as possible to how everything is arranged in full–fledged languages.
The child will be able to learn how to write simple scripts, and then watch how the robot brings them to life. Not the “City of Heroes“, of course, but you need to start somewhere.
This is not the first programmable designer on the market – the same Lego had a set of Mindstorms, which allowed to do approximately the same. However, Boost has a number of important advantages. First, it is suitable for any Lego blocks, not just complete ones. Secondly, programming in Boost is necessary through the application for a smartphone or tablet. Mindstorms also demanded from children the ability to handle computers and work in a specialized program.