Building a robot teaches you a lot about engineering, electronics, and mechanics. That’s what the LEGO Group had in mind when it began developing its signature robotics set, Mindstorms, back in 1998.
The latest edition, LEGO Mindstorms EV3, represents the culmination of what the company learned from several unsuccessful robot sets. (Do Cybermaster or Spybotics sound familiar? Didn’t think so.) as well as the two previous editions of the Mindstorms product. Like its predecessors, EV3 consists of a plastic building set with compatible motors, sensors, and a microcontroller brick that runs everything (see Figure 1.1).