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LEGO Mindstorms EV3 - New for 2013

Updated on September 9, 2013

New Lego Mindstorms

The new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 has been announced. Find out all about version 3 of the popular LEGO Mindstorms programmable robot building kit.

LEGO Mindstorms has been really popular with kids and lots of adults too. There are LEGO Mindstorms competitions and LEGO Mindstorms is often used for education. We've been expecting a new version as the previous version was getting rather old in tech terms!

I'm Mum to two LEGO mad boys and I have a computer science PhD. The timing of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is just right for us as it will be released around the time my older son turns 7. Just right for getting started with a programmable robot with some parental help (honestly we don't mind!)

Image: LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313

Further Product Images: Lego Mindstorms EV3 Press Kit

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Announced

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 was announced at CES in January 2013. LEGO Mindstorms is a kit for building robots which is aimed at children. There are connectable parts, sensors, motors and a programmable controller.

Earlier versions of LEGO Mindstorms has proved been popular with schools, clubs, families and hobbyists. The new EV3 version is the next iteration of this technology.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 has been developed by LEGO Education and is very focussed on interactive teaching of STEM subjects.

LEGO Mindstorms Overview Video

Control your LEGO Mindstorms ev3 from a Smart Phone or Tablet

LEGO Mindstorms ev3 will have interactivity with smart phones and tablets (Android and iOS.) Watch the very cool snake robot in the video above being controlled from a smartphone. It uses the gyro sensor in the phone to control the movement of the snake in some fun ways.

LEGO 31313 Mindstorms EV3 Home Edition Retail Kit

Many of us will want the Mindstorms EV3 home edition which will be sold as a retail kit so that it can be used at home. This is LEGO 31313 and will ship with instructions to make several models included in the box with further model instructions available to download online.

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit for Kids
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit for Kids

The home edition is now available to order.


LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Education Core Models

These are some of the models you can make with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Education Core kit (without buying any extras.)

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Release Date

When is LEGO Mindstorms EV3 available?

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is planned for release in fall semester of 2013. The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is being targeted for educational use initially.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Preorder


You can preorder LEGO Mindstorms EV3 at LEGO Education.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Products - Education

EV3 Core Set - This is the main set with the EV3 brick and accessories. You can build lots of interesting smaller projects with this set.

EV3 Expansion Set - Extra parts for more advanced models

You can also get a range of sensors and other add-ons to extend your EV3 kit.

Is LEGO Mindstorms EV3 backward compatible?

Yes, LEGO have said that existing NXT components will be usable with the new platform so you'll be able to reuse sensors, motors, etc.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Models - Home Edition

You can of course make lots of different models with LEGO Mindstorms EV3, but these are the 5 models that are being demonstrated and for which we understand instructions will be provided in the Home Edition:

REPT3R - the snake

SPIK3R - the scorpion




LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Expansion Kit Model
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Expansion Kit Model

Graphical Software Based on National Instruments LabVIEW graphical programming software

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 can be programmed graphically.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Video Preview

Is this the LEGO Mindstorms NXT 3.0?

Well it is the next major upgrade after LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0, but it's called LEGO Mindstorms ev3. If you're looking for the new LEGO Mindstorms kit then this is what you're after. LEGO Mindstorms ev3 is likely to stay current for several years.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Coming soon!

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 on eBay

You may find LEGO Mindstorms EV3 available to pre-order on eBay.

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LEGO Mindstorms EV3

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