The Kid in You Can Now Play With Legos From a Browser

Mashable. January 29, 2014. (English) by Melissa Goldin. –Now you can relive a favorite childhood pastime from your browser or mobile device. Google Chrome announced Tuesday a virtual space in which users can create Lego masterpieces.

The partnership with Lego, called “Build With Chrome,” began in Australia in 2012, but is now available around the world.

“We think the creative freedom of Lego bricks shouldn’t be limited to plastic bins,” Google said on its blog.

Users can choose from an unlimited number of 10 different colored bricks in 14 sizes in addition to a couple of special pieces such as doors and windows, and they can view their works from different angles and zoom in or out. Once done, Lego masters can share their creations on Google+ and explore other designs by location on a special version of Google Maps.

Build With Chrome” works using WebGL, a 3D graphics technology that doesn’t require additional plugins. The website can be accessed on a smartphone or tablet as well.

The release of this experiment is in line with the premiere of The Lego Movie, in theaters Feb. 7. Some characters from the film are featured in the tutorials.

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