Lego discontinues buildable robot kits from Mindstorms

LEGO Mindstorms robot sad with teary eyes.

Programming has been on the wall for a while, but yesterday, as reported by fan sites like Brick fanatics And the BrexitLego has announced that it will stop forming its Mindstorms robotics group at the end of the year, and will only ensure support for companion mobile apps, where the robots can be controlled and programmed, for another two years after that.

Lego Mindstorms debuted in September 1998, over 24 years ago, taking advantage of the company’s more complex building parts, featuring gears and other mechanical components, to build semi-autonomous robots controlled by sensors and programmable bricks. It was one of the first games to actively promote STEM learning before it became a buzzword in the game industry, and over the years Mindstorms kits and components have been used to build some amazingly capable creations.

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The last major update made to the Mindstorms base product line was the EV3 kit that came out in 2013. It was used to build a standard recording (in timeCubestormer 3 robot that can solve Rubik’s cube puzzles in the blink of an eye. At $350, it was the most expensive Lego set released in 2013, though compared to sets released by Lego these days, such as $550 to rebuild the Hulkbuster armor for Iron ManThis is less than a budget killer.

least capable, Android inventor The set, released in 2020, was the latest official addition to the Mindstorms line, although it shares components with the Lego Spike. Prime sets were recently released under the company’s Lego Education division, which will continue to be supported as a classroom learning tool. Ars Technica I managed to get a copy of the full statement Share Lego with his fan siteswhich we have also included below:

Since its launch in September 1998, LEGO MINDSTORMS has been one of the core “build and code” experiences in the company’s portfolio, bringing with it significant brand equity and becoming a defining experience in the early days of consumer robotics and leading to building and coding experiences like SPIKE Prime, from the LEGO Education System from LEGO Education.

However, now that we have a number of priorities in LEGO Education and other Build & Code experiences, we’ve decided to focus our resources and future plans by redirecting the MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor team and their expertise into different areas of work.

This means that the physical MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor product (51515) and associated items (88016 and 88018) will be out of our wallet from the end of 2022, while digital platforms – such as the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor App – will remain valid until at least the end of 2024.

We remain a strong believer in the Build & Code proposal and will continue to support it through platforms such as SPIKE Prime, we continue to uphold the MINDSTORMS brand and evaluate our future plans together with LEGO Education.

IIt’s unfortunate but understandable that Lego won’t be maintaining and updating Mindstorms apps for more than two years, but There have been plenty of alternative tools developed over the years for programming Lego robots that go far beyond what Lego itself has offered to users. TThese kits must be lucky enough to have these kits able to continue to enjoy them for years. As for those who don’t have their own Mindstorm botYou’ll want to increase your eBay and yard sales as soon as possible because the demand for these kits is about to soar.

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