Last Sunday, July 31, Seymour Papert passed away at the age of 88. Papert was the first LEGO Professor of Learning Research and inventor of LOGO, the first programming language for children.
Seymour Papert worked closely with LEGO on the development of the first generation of LEGO MINDSTORMS, but that was not his only contribution to the company. His theory of learning, called constructionism, had a profound impact on what is now known as LEGO Education.
On the occasion of his death, HispaBrick Magazine has republished an article from HBM016 about the evolution of LEGO MINDSTORMS in which Seymour Papert plays an important role.
CES (Computer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas is always an excellent reference and a showcase for the new technologies that will appear in the coming year. This year is no different. LEGO have just announced a new product: WeDo 2.0
WeDo came to market in 2009, geared towards starting robotics with primary school children. The first version of WeDo had a USB tether or hub to which 1 motor and 1 sensor or 2 sensors could be connected. The software runs on a computer that acts as the brain of the gadgets that are built with LEGO elements that are mostly from the System catalogue (stackable rather modern "Technic").
Version 2.0, which was presented today, comes with several important updates to this earlier platform. The main novelty is the fact that the new hub is not tethered, but rather a kind of intelligent battery box (for standar batteries or a separately sold battery pack) which connects to the computer via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy).
This makes it possible to program the hub, not only via a computer, but also from a portable device (iPad/Android tablet) or even a Chrome Book (the latter in the second half of 2016).