A new app, called the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Programmer App, will let builders create programs for Mindstorms robots directly from iOS and Android tablet devices. Featuring a streamlined selection of the most-used commands, the EV3 Programmer App allows for more interaction away from the desktop or laptop computer, giving users even more freedom to explore and tinker with the Mindstorms platform. The EV3 Programmer App will be available in free versions for iOS and Android tablets in English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Danish, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Russian in late November 2015. The app is not a standalone experience, but designed for Mindstorms EV3, the Lego construction set that allows you to build and program robots that do what you want them to do.
The EV3 Programmer App consists of the 11 most popular programming blocks in the Mindstorms software, including action blocks, flow blocks and comment blocks. After writing and saving a program within the app, a user can progress to more advanced programming by opening it in the Mindstorms desktop software. To provide additional inspiration for beginner robot makers, the app will feature building missions, videos and building instructions for five starter robots that represent a variety of building and programming experiences all while delivering the fun factor for which Lego building is known.
“By extending Mindstorms robotic programming to tablets, we are embracing the ‘anywhere, anytime’ of mobile devices to unleash even more creativity in building and programming with Mindstorms,” said Filippa Malmegard, Lego Mindstorms community manager. “When we untether the experience from the desktop, programming really becomes a playful extension of building, allowing users to add a new behavior or interactivity to their Legocreations. This extra level of mobility will make the EV3 Programmer App an accessible and convenient programming starter experience for a new generation of users, while at the same time adding play value for our existing Mindstorms Community.”