Toy review: Lego Boost
The new Lego Boost sets combine traditional Legos with a smart tablet, so kids can build and operate automated Lego robots. You can make a guitar that plays sound effects, a cat that purrs and interacts with you, or a robot that you can make move and talk. The projects are animated using an icon-based coding app, which teaches kids basic coding commands and concepts. To test the new smart Legos, we enlisted the help of two extraordinary young men: Carson Huey-you, 14, who graduated from Texas Christian University this past May with a degree in physics, and his brother, Cannan, 11, who graduated from high school the same month. So, once again: Carson graduated college at 14, Cannan graduated high school at 11. Read on.
CARSON: When we opened the box, we looked at the app and we looked at all the different things you could do. Then once we started building, we were able to connect it to the app and start controlling it. We built a little car with a propeller, and then with the ipad app we were able to connect and make it roll around in different directions and do other cool things. CANNAN: The app was easy to use. It had a pretty simple interface. It was maybe a little bit for younger kids, but not too bad. It didn’t use any crazy coding or anything. It was pretty easy to figure out. CARSON: Yeah, it’s not super-duper advanced, but that’s a good thing. You don’t get overwhelmed. For an introductory programming experience, where you’re telling something to do this or not do that, I think it’s good. CANNAN: You don’t have to jump right into the advanced stuff, like the Lego Mindstorms sets. You could definitely use the pieces in this set to make other things, too, not just the cat or the robot. There are a lot of other pieces, like a conveyor belt and a motion sensor and a propeller. CARSON: The one bad part is, if you don’t have an ipad or another platform the app works on, it would be impossible to use this set. CANNAN: That you can control the Legoss from your ipad is the coolest est part of the set though. You don’t just roll it aroundd with your hand, you can move ove it using the app. We’ve been een playing with Legos forever, ver, and we still play with them a lot. I think we would play with this set again in the future. ure. CARSON: Yeah, I liked it. There’s definitelyly a lot of potential with this his app, and I think overall rall it added a cool new w aspect to playing ng with Legos. It’s a new concept and d I think it’s really y interesting. CANNAN: Same. .