- Vernie the Robot – he moves and talks, fires shooters, has a few dance moves, and says hello when you shake his hand;
- The M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) – a rover with 4 different tool attachments;
- The Guitar4000 – a guitar (der) with pitch bend and sound effects, and of course, able to play music;
- the AutoBuilder – a conveyor belt type thing that builds tiny LEGO models;
- and Frankie the Cat, my personal favourite. Frankie is interactive, he plays, purrs and expresses moods.
Some of the programmable activities the models can take part in are excellent, and also can be quite amusing. Give Vernie a handlebar mustache and shooter and, after compiling some basic code, he’ll shoot when he hears a clap. Pull his ‘finger’ and he’ll let out a little fart, hilarious for any age!
The software itself is extremely simple and intuitive, with a basic drag and drop interface, and is bright and colourful, and icon based, not text, so literacy levels aren’t an issue.
Engadget created a fantastic video showing off the best parts. It’s highly recommended to have a look.