I am wondering what the official reason behind the name of LEGO's latest MINDSTORMS robotics platform is. What does "EV3" stand for?


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From the official EV3 FAQ:

What does EV3 stand for?

This is the third generation of the LEGO MINDSTORMS platform and the "EV" stands for evolution, hence EV3.

The first two generations referred to here are LEGO MINDSTORMS RCX and NXT, respectively.

  • ...and presumably the number 3 comes from the fact it's the successor to NXT 2.0?
    – Ambo100
    Jan 19, 2013 at 13:33
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    @Ambo100 No, I don't think so. EV3 is not NXT, it's a completely different line. See this post on the Mindboards forums and all following posts for more info
    – shea
    Jan 19, 2013 at 21:36
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    @Ambo100 I'm not sure the numbers are incremental in that way - NXT started back at "1" effectively after versions 1, 1.5 and 2.0 of Mindstorms Robotics Invention System, so the 3 really comes from the fact that it's the 3rd generation (RIS, NXT and now EV3). Jan 20, 2013 at 0:29

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