Lego has formally unveiled the third generation of its programmable robotics platform, Mindstorms EV3. The latest version features autodetection of sensors and motors, and the ability to program directly on intelligent bricks. It comes with 594 Technic pieces that can be used to make five different robots.

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The Mindstorms EV3 features three interactive servo motors, two touch sensors, an infrared seeker sensor that can measure distance, movement, and object detection, an infrared "beacon" designed to control the robots remotely from a distance of up to 6 feet, and a color sensor. Up to four bricks can be daisy-chained, and the USB port and Wi-Fi connectivity allow for a wide range of expansion. Mindstorms EV3 is also backwards compatible with all Mindstorms NXT robots, allowing users to utilize everything they bought during the NXT generation with EV3.? -CNET
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