Build with Chrome: Play with LEGO in the Browser
Article by George Norman
On 29 Jan 2014
Google recently unveiled Build with Chrome, an experiment lets you play with LEGO within the browser. Or as the company put it, a Chrome experiment that “brings the world’s biggest LEGO set to the web”.



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Great news for everyone who loves playing with LEGO bricks! You don’t need to have LEGO bricks to have a fun time. You don’t because Google took the “play with LEGO” experience and ported it to the web. You can now play with LEGO within your browser. Just visit the Build with Chrome website.

A team in Australia initially tackled the project as an experiment. Google worked with LEGO Australia with the simple goal of bringing LEGO bricks to the web so that anyone could play and build models in a virtual environment. This week, the Build with Chrome project opened up to the world. Everybody can get started with the project, everybody can build 3D models with LEGO bricks, all within the browser.

“There’s something pretty amazing about being able to piece together your ideas with just a collection of colorful bricks,” said Adrian Soghoian, Product Marketing Manager and Beginning Builder. “Well, we think the creative freedom of LEGO bricks shouldn’t be limited to plastic bins—which is the idea behind Build with Chrome, a collaboration between Chrome and the LEGO Group that brought these colorful bricks to the web using WebGL, a 3D graphics technology. It was originally built by a team in Australia as an experiment, and now we’re opening it up to everybody. So now you can publish your wacky creations to any plot of land in the world.”

Build with Chrome – Main Features
  • A virtual environment that lets you use LEGO bricks to create 3D models.
  • Several short tutorials and challenges are available in the Build Academy
  • You can use your desktop computer or a touch-enabled device, like a tablet or a smartphone.
  • Build with Chrome works with any browser that provides support for WebGL.
  • Share your creations on Google+. Sign into your Google+ account and see what people in your circles crated.

Get started with Build with Chrome by following this link.




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