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"Reptar,” a robotic snake that is one of 17 possible creations available in the new, indstorms EV3 platform that will have the ability to talk to most Apple devices.photo: AP

Lego bricks are getting cosy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit.

Lego announced Monday that a new, $350 (around Rs 19,000) Mindstorms EV3 kit will have the ability to talk to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches through Bluetooth wireless connections. That means Lego builders can use the devices as remote controls for their robots, or create simple programs that are then sent to the robots to control their actions.

Lego said the kit will go on sale in the second half of the year.

Also new in the Mindstorms EV3 kit is a “two-eyed” infrared sensor that can pick up signals from a small infrared remote and locate it. In the kit, Lego includes the blueprints for a snake robot that uses its eyes to sense if someone is close to its head, in which case it strikes.

As with earlier kits, the EV3 includes four motors and five different sensors. The new brick is compatible with earlier sensors and motors and is “more hackable than ever,” according to Lego.

The first Mindstorms came out in 1998. Suggested age for the EV3 is 10 and up.AP


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