Lego today announced a new networked toy line called Powered Up, as well as its first set in the series: an app-powered Batmobile. The company has already ventured into Connected Toys, most recently with its boost set that allows children to build a variety of items and then encode and control them via an app. Do you remember the cat playing the harmonica? Loved it.
This new Powered Up product line will consist of several products that differ in complexity, not a set that can be used to create multiple things. Some devices may only be battery-powered, others may be remotely controlled or app-controlled. Some of these features come with the sets, though children are able to purchase additional accessories that add features to their builds.
This new Batmobile can be controlled via two predefined remote interfaces on the accompanying Powered Up iOS / Android app or via a remote control that personalize users with sliders and buttons. A new coding interface will be released later this year so kids can program speed, direction, tone and duration to create new stunts and moves. The Batmobile will be released on August 1
Other sets that will eventually be released are the Lego City passenger train and the Lego City Cargo Train, which complements these more classic sets with remote controls, as well as the Lego Duplo Steam Train and the Lego Duplo Cargo Train, which for Children over two years are designed. They will be able to get a feel for the basics of coding with sensors that record color-coded train tracks.