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Google Brings LEGO Bricks to Chrome For Browser-Based Construction

by Killian Bell | June 26, 2012June 26, 2012 3:02 am PDT

I’m 23 now, and I still have just as much fun building LEGO houses with my daughter as I did when I was her age. In fact, I’m sure I enjoy it more than she does. And thanks to Google, it’s now possible to avoid the mess and construct LEGO buildings from over 8 billion bricks within Chrome.

Google has teamed up with LEGO Australia to bring virtual LEGO bricks to the web in a new experiment the company is calling “Build.”

Over the last few months we’ve been working with LEGO Australia, thinking about what would happen if we brought bricks to the browser. Build is the result: our latest Chrome Experiment which lets you explore and build a new world of LEGO creations together online. With 8 trillion bricks, think of Build as the largest LEGO set you’ve ever seen.

When you begin, Build asks you to choose a plot from a map of Australia, allowing you to build upon a real-life Australian street or landmark. Once you’ve claimed your plot of land, no one else can build upon it. When your creation is complete, you’ll be able to save it for all the world to see, and you can even share it with your friends via email or Google+.

Google says that although Build looks simple, it uses cutting-edge browser technology that means it wouldn’t have been possible a couple of years ago:

Build may look simple, but this collaborative 3D building experience would not have been possible a couple of years ago. It shows how far browser technology has come and how the web is an amazing platform for creativity. We made the bricks with WebGL, which enables powerful 3D graphics right in the browser and demonstrates the upper limit of current WebGL graphics performance.

To ensure that users don’t abuse Build, Google has created some house rules. For example, everyone must “be original” with their creations, and they cannot be rude or offensive, or promote religious or political ideologies. To ensure no one breaches these terms, every creation is approved by Google before others can see it.

I’ve been playing around with Build briefly this morning and it’s a whole lot of fun. I could spend ours with it, but if I did that, you wouldn’t get this morning’s news.

Have you tried Google Build yet?

[via The Next Web]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...