As reported by Lego fan sites such as BrickFanatics and BrickSet, Lego is discontinuing its Mindstorms kit, which allows people to build robots from Lego bricks, pins, blocks, motors, gears, and other parts, and then program them. Control S. Center (via Gizmodo ). The device has been on the market since 1998 so that children and adults can easily build and program robots.
While the company isn't done with the idea of an educational robotics kit, it will stop selling the Mindstorm Robot Inventor Kit by the end of this year.
The company statement notes that support for the various apps used to program and control MindStorms robots on iOS, Android, macOS, Windows and Fire OS has an end date, noting that they will last "at least until." End" will continue to be supported. 2024. “That doesn't mean robot controllers will be useless building blocks. There are open source tools for writing and uploading code that Lego doesn't have, although the lack of official tools makes things difficult for younger or inexperienced builders. can lift
People with Mindstorms kits might have to program them creatively, but that's what Lego is all about.
According to a statement released by Brickset , the Lego Mindstorms team will be working on a different part of the deal, although they haven't given details on what they will be doing. Lego did not immediately respond to The Verge 's request for comment.
The move doesn't exactly come as a surprise to those paying attention: When the company recalled its Mindstorms EV3 system last year, it referred customers to the Lego Education Spike Kit rather than the previously available Mindstorms Robot Inventor Kit. The latter is currently the only thing listed in the Mindstorms section of the Lego site and is listed as "temporary stock". However, Spike Prime kits are still available and Lego says the platform currently has plans to support the "build and code" concept.