This afternoon Google took the wraps off a new fun little project called Build. This allows you to build object in 3D using LEGO bricks. Before you start thinking, hang on a minute, that’s a copyrighted brand, the project is in association with LEGO.
Google say “The 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. We then mixed in Google Maps (another Aussie invention) so you can put your creation in a LEGO world alongside everyone else’s.”
Build is currently listed as an experiment created in Australia’s own, Sydney. Finally something we get first and the rest of the world has to wait. This doesn’t happen often in technology, so lets savor that moment for a second. If you’re wondering how it is the Google engineers managed to spend time building a game instead of building self driving cars, I was too. Turns out its all about celebrating the 50th anniversary of the LEGO brick in Australia.
You can start building at buildwithchrome.com (Requires Google Chrome).