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Google joins forces with Lego for virtual brick building Chrome app

Chrome browser users' imaginations can run wild
Wed Jan 29 2014, 12:08
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has joined forces with Lego to introduce a web app that lets Chrome browser users' imaginations run wild with whatever snap-together brick creations they want.

The nostalgic virtual construction environment called "Build with Chrome" allows users to stack bricks just as they did when they were kids, except there's no worry about running out of scarce window and door pieces.

The Lego WebGL app was built in 2012 in Australia as an experiment, but it's only just now being made public in good timing with the Lego movie that's coming out next week.

The app should make building dodgy looking houses such as our attempt below much easier, especially with the keyboard shortcut keys, which can be used to rotate and remove bricks so you can stack bricks faster than it used to take to demolish your creations with your feet.

Our terrible attempt at Build with Chrome

The app also allows you to save and share your structures with your Google+ circle members. All four of them.

Build with Chrome seems to work in the Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers, too.

The last notable experimental Chrome app that Google built just for fun was Jam with Chrome, an interactive webpage that allowed users to play musical instruments together online from different locations.

Built with HTML5 based features such as the Web Audio API, Websockets, CSS3 and Canvas, Jam with Chrome allows those who have too much time on their hands to play 19 different virtual instruments including guitars, drums and keyboards from jamwithchrome.com. µ

 

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