Everyone loves LEGO especially the renaissance it has had over the last 10 years or so. We all have amazing found memories of hours spent playing and navigating our imaginations with LEGO. Right now my 7 year old son and I are currently spending a lot of our holidays building the various Star Wars LEGO kits he got for Christmas.
But wait there's more, LEGO have now taken their amazing fun time to a whole new level and what's more important it is actually going to teach us to code at the same time.
In a future where coding is overtaking the way we communicate it make complete sense for generations of the future to grow up as soon as possible with code in their lives. As a parent i cannot wait for my family to get some of the new LEGO Boost as it will help us all become familiar with the future of coding and robotics because it is a guarantee that it will happen.
What is really cool here is that LEGO have taken the fundamental fun of their product and customer experience and taken it into the future. We can all take a leaf out of this mindset, either move with the times or get left behind.
2016 was a great year for technology but it really was just a foundation year as 2017 has the potential to be the year that is recognised in history books as the year the world changed one LEGO block at a time.
Kids, and kids at heart, can attach any Lego bricks to Bluetooth-enabled programmable motors and sensors. A wheel module turns your car into a racer. A walking module makes your robot dance. An “entrance” module ensures that the gate guarding your castle rises. A host of sensors let you program your creation to make noise, light up, and react to motion. Lego did not, strictly speaking, create an educational tool, but the $160 kit, available in August, does a great job sneaking learning into playtime. “Fundamentally we want kids to have fun first,” says lead designer Simon Kent. “We want them to actually understand how they can put behaviors in their models, and if a byproduct of that is they learn a bit of coding, that’s great as well.”