Robotics is a beautiful thing and Lego has made this a possibility for years. So, it was time for an update to the aging NXT platform: the Mindstorms EX3 has a new Linux-based “intelligent brick” — the central Mindstorms operating braing — that is now compatible with iOS and Android devices out of the box. The latest brick has an ARM9 processor, 16MB of flash memory and 64MB of RAM, and an SD expansion slot. You can buy multiple cores and connect up to four together as an added plus.
The cool part of the EX3? Autodesk has produced in partnership with Lego a desktop app that can be used as a 3D construction guide for any and all of your crazy robotic ideas, from any angle. The Mindstorms EX3 kit will cost you $349.99 come Q2 of 2013.