LEGO Powered Up summary

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Summary

The LEGO Powered Up system is the successor of the LEGO Power Functions system. It uses Bluetooth connection instead of infrared, it can use sensors and interactive motors besides the lights and standard motors. Boost offers a complete visual programming environment in the Boost app, some programming elements are also available in the Powered Up app. It uses a mobile/tablet application for control or a physical remote control. The connectors are not compatible with the Power Functions system.

The future of Power Functions

Based on the information received Power Functions components will be available until the end of 2020 with the following exceptions:

  • 8878 Power Functions Rechargeable battery box → Exited 31.12.2018
  • 45517 Transformer 10V DC  → Exits 31.12.2021

Sets available with Powered Up components

Available from 1st of September 2019

Available from October 2019

Powered Up components available separately

  • 88005 LED Light
    • similar to the 8870 Power Functions light, except for the new connector and a new style of splitter part in the middle without studs
  • 88006 Move Hub (Boost)
    • can be fully controlled with the Boost app, it has 2 independent inner motors, 2 external ports for motors/sensors and a built-in tilt sensor
  • 88007 Color & Distance Sensor
    • can be used to detect 6 different colors, light intensity and object distance
  • 88008 Medium Linear Motor (Boost)
    • an interactive medium motor that can be precisely controlled as it reports the speed and the rotation value to the hub
  • 88009 Hub (City)
    • can be controlled with the Powered Up app, the size is identical to the 88000 Power Functions AAA battery box, also needs 6 AAA batteries to operate, it has 2 external ports for motors / sensors
  • 88010 Remote Control
    • it can connect to the 88009 hub, connects up to 5 different hubs giving access to different 10 channels
  • 88011 Train Motor
    • similar to the 88002 Power Functions train motor except for the new style connector
  • 45303 Simple Medium Linear Motor (only available in the US currently)
    • similar to the 8883 Power Functions Medium motor, except for the new style connector, it has 4 studs on the top-front part and only has 3 pin holes for connection on the front (the top one is missing)

Applications available

(the version indicates the edition used for the feature list on this page)

App/hub/remote connection options

With the current Boost and Powered Up applications it is only possible to connect to a single hub. With the remote it is possible connect to 5 different hubs so there are 10 channels to control. Each hub will be color coded, it is possible to switch between them with the press of the green button on the remote. It is also possible to assign multiple hubs to the same channel of the remote, so multiple hubs (outputs) can be controlled with the same button on the remote. Example and pairing process is demonstrated in this video.

App/hub/remote compatibility list

  • Boost app with 88006 Boost hub
    • controls the 88008 Medium Linear Motor, 88007 Color & Distance Sensor
    • also controls the hub’s two internal motors, can use them as an input and can use the hub’s internal tilt sensor as an input
    • does not work with the 88005 LED Light, 88011 Train Motor, 45303 Simple Medium Linear Motor
    • it cannot connect to the 88009 Hub
       
  • Powered Up app with 88009 Hub
    • Batmobile sub-app
      • controls the 88011 Train Motor, 45303 Simple Medium Linear Motor, 88008 Medium Linear Motor
      • does not work with the 88005 LED Light and 88007 Color & Distance Sensor
      • it connects to the 88006 Boost hub and controls the two internal motors (A & B outputs)
    • Train sub-app
      • controls the 88011 Train Motor and 88005 LED Light (only one motor and one light, does not work with 2 motors / 2 lights)
      • does not work with the 45303 Simple Medium Linear Motor, 88008 Medium Linear Motor and 88007 Color & Distance Sensor
      • it connects to the 88006 Boost hub and controls one train motor and one light connected to the 2 external outputs (C & D)
    • Programming environment
      • controls the 88011 Train Motor, 45303 Simple Medium Linear Motor, 88008 Medium Linear Motor, 88005 LED Light, can use the 88007 Color & Distance Sensor
      • It can also connect to the Boost hub and control the internal motors and connected peripherals
      • it can use the WeDo 2.0 sensors (tilt and distance) connected to both hubs (Boost and PU)
      • It cannot use the 88010 Remote Control as a control device and currently it does not have any joystick/slider elements as a control interface
         
  • Control with the the 88010 Remote Control
    • It connects to the 88009 Hub and can control the two outputs, can be used e.g. with the Batmobile and the trains but also other custom creations.
    • Different motors have different control options – for the train motor the up/down buttons increments through 10 speed settings, for the medium motors it offers a “bang-bang” style control, they only have zero or full power state.
    • the Boost app and Boost hub cannot be controlled with the 88010 Remote Control

3rd party applications compatible with Powered Up

  • BrickController 2
    • iOS version
    • Android version
    • This application is designed to use a gamepad connected to the mobile device and control the following units: Power Functions infrared, Powered Up, BuWizz, SBrick. Video demonstration available here.
  • The Brick automation project
    • Windows 10 version
    • This application is designed for train control and other automation projects. It is compatible with Powered Up, Boost, SBrick, BuWizz, WeDo 2.0 and EV3.

Detailed review videos

(chronological order)

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2 Comments:

  1. Thankyou for the informative article. I do have a question though.

    Above, when describing what app can power what motor, you mention that the:
    “Train sub-app… does not work with the 45303 Simple Medium Linear Motor”

    Yet at the 2min 32sec mark of this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3_XeuI3ueQ&feature=youtu.be&t=222

    you seem to show just that. It’s even speed controlled! 🙂

    Is there something i’m missing? I’m only just learning PUP, and thought that besides coding a quick program, there was no way to have the motor speed controlled via the Train app? Well, it doesn’t work on my app anyway. :/

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • That video was made in January, after the latest app/firmware update the Train app does not control the M motor anymore. I try to keep the list up to date following the latest changes, my older videos might not reflect the same behaviour.

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