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Wed Dec 17 23:27:55 SAST 2014

Google lets you build with Lego on your desktop

AFP Relaxnews | 29 January, 2014 13:29
The foundations of a house that one of our Times LIVE journalists had some fun building on Build With Chrome, which allows users to play with Lego without the risk of stepping on it.
Image by: Screenshot / Build With Chrome

Good news for big kids. 'Build with Chrome' is a new feature that lets users play with Lego’s colourful toy blocks in their web browsers.

It means that there's no need to pick up all of the unused pieces that have been scattered across the floor after play time is over.

It also means that there's no risk of accidentally stepping on a brick, barefoot during the night.

To start building everything from space stations to stables, all users will need is a Google+ account and the Chrome internet browser installed on their PC (initial tests show that it does work with Firefox too).

For those who have gone completely mobile, Google is also offering support for the feature on Android phones and tablets -- but they'll need high-end graphics capabilities.

And of course, this being Google and the fact that it has managed to add Google+ as an element of the feature means that it wants Lego fans to share their creations on its social network.

Logging into Google+ will let you see what your friends or others in your circles have been building and finished creations will be displayed on a world map.

However, don't get too excited: the selection of Lego bricks on offer isn't infinite -- in fact, it's quite limited. However, that's part of the fun.

To try the feature for yourself, go to buildwithchrome.com. You can also view a world map to see what others have created.


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