Quick Note: Google Shows Off "Lego Chrome" 3D Sandbox
January 29, 2014 3:30 PM
comment(s) - last by
Controls are fun and easy to use, site is nice diversion even if it is a glorified ad for The LEGO Movie
For those AFOLs (adult fans of LEGOs) out there -- and for the kids -- Google Inc. (
) has launched
a neat new website
dubbed "Build With Chrome". Powered by WebGL, the site allows you to build simple
3D LEGO models online
. Don't be worried by the title -- the website/web app does work in modern versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc., as well.
The interface is surprisingly fun and easy, with both button and keyboard controls (I tried both). The block selection is probably the biggest limitation (there's 14 "bricks" and 7 "extras" -- e.g. doors and windows), along with the fact that you can't build a model floating in free space.
But for building houses or terrain, the software is a fun diversion. You can even pick between 10 colors of blocks.
The site is optimized for mobile and can work on "a touchscreen on your phone or tablet with
Chrome for Android support for WebGL
on devices with high-end graphics capabilities."
Google+ integration is also built-in, allowing you to publish and share your creations.
For the kids, the site could be a good first introduction to 3D modeling. The controls are somewhat reminiscent of popular 3D modeling software, such as Maya or 3D Studio Max, although the exact shortcuts are a bit different.
The fun site is a host of Google's ever evolving side projections, and is an advertising tie-in for the “
THE LEGO® MOVIE™
". The LEGO Group and its beloved plastic building bricks were created in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen in Denmark. It's been
inspiring future engineers
ever since. In recent years the franchise has branched out into games and animated features, but the upcoming film will be the first full-length film.
Google [press release]
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
We already have Lego Digital Designer
1/30/2014 6:00:59 AM
Very cool features too. You can build a model, and then order the bricks used to build it from Lego.
RE: We already have Lego Digital Designer
1/31/2014 12:56:43 PM
Yeah, that was my first thought as well. But I guess LDD isn't a web app, probably isn't touch friendly, and also probably more complicated than this. Maybe this is a more beginner style app that you can the progress to the real deal?
Sounds like fun
1/30/2014 2:46:05 AM
I wonder if this would count. Maybe with a digital photo frame or some other method of display.
"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
Google Adds 8 Trillion Virtual Lego Bricks to Chrome
June 26, 2012, 9:04 AM
Johns Hopkins Researchers Raid Toybox to Study Microfluidic Physics
August 26, 2009, 9:11 AM
Quick Note: Amazon UK Offers £10 Back on Any Order £50 or Over
August 3, 2015, 12:05 PM
Editorial: Reddit Allows Itself to be Hijacked as a Hate Platform For Racist Bigots
July 21, 2015, 6:32 PM
Mozilla and Facebook to Adobe: It's Time to Kill Flash
July 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
Instagram Bans "Curvy" From Hashtag Searches, Provokes "Plus Sized" Outrage
July 16, 2015, 1:20 PM
Mozilla Promise Punctual Windows 10 Firefox Release, Teases at iOS Arrival
July 7, 2015, 3:08 PM
Netflix Announces 7-to-1 Stock Split, Eyes Explosive Overseas Growth
June 23, 2015, 8:18 PM
Most Popular Articles
Samsung Gear S2 Borrows Circular Icons From Apple Watch
August 21, 2015, 2:48 PM
Future of Lumia Uncertain as Microsoft Lays Off 2,300, Closes 1 of 3 Finnish Offices
August 24, 2015, 6:14 PM
Kentucky Man Faces up to 10 Years in Prison for Shooting Drone Trespasser
August 13, 2015, 2:58 PM
Microsoft's Windows 10 Leaves Lumia 530 Behind w/ 8 GB Storage Requirement
August 25, 2015, 4:02 PM
Aluminum 7003, Used in Roofing, May be Tapped by Apple for iPhone 6S/6S+
August 24, 2015, 4:45 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information