Because little geeks are the future big geeks who will make more cool stuff for all of us, it’s nice to see some CES news that is aimed at kids.
LEGO did that this week when it announced a new kit called Boost which will allow builders to design and program their own robotic toys out of the popular plastic bricks.
According to a LEGO Group news release, the kit is aimed at kids aged 7 and up and comes with all the parts needed to build five different models: Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder.
Kids also get to learn how to code by interacting with a free app that provides the building instructions and commands needed to make each of the toys come to life.
“We know that children dream of bringing their LEGO creations to life, and our chief ambition for LEGO Boost is to fulfill that wish,”said Simon Kent, design lead for the LEGO Group, in a statement. “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.”
LEGO Boost will have a suggested retail price of $159.99 and be available in the second half of 2017.