Play with 8 trillion LEGO blocks via your web browser thanks to Google’s ‘Build with Chrome’

Ever play with LEGO blocks when you were younger? Or maybe you still play with LEGO blocks as an a-d-u-l-t. Whatever the case may be, you can experience the LEGO experience in digital form thanks to Google and its Build with Chrome project.

Teaming up with LEGO Australia, Google has built an online platform for building with 8 trillion LEGO blocks through your web browser. All that is required is an active Internet connection and a modern web browser and you can start building by heading over to Build with Chrome’s website.

Currently you are allowed to build on the countries of Australia and New Zealand with Google promising to bring other countries, too. Do note that while you can only build on Australia and New Zealand you need not live in Australia and New Zealand to play; you can play from anywhere in the world.

Once you have built something it is submitted for review to ensure you haven’t broken any of the house rules, such as building an offensive structure or advertising your product. (Psst… the image above is of something I built but did not publish. So I haven’t broken a house rule. :-P) Once your structure(s) have been approved, they appear on Build with Chrome’s website for anyone to see.

According to Google the aim of Build with Chrome is to feature the new web technologies which have developed over the years:

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.  We then mixed in Google Maps (another Aussie invention) so you can put your creation in a LEGO world alongside everyone else’s.

Build with Chrome is intended for use through Google Chrome. However it can be played with any modern web browser, although, for some reason, it won’t work in Firefox for me. Hit up the link below to start building:

Build with Chrome website

[via The Next Web]

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5 comments

  1. Locutus

    @JonE: It could simply be that Firefox doesn’t support all of the technology that Google used. After all, Google’s quick 6 week release cycle is designed to get new support for things out the door as quick as possible, and it may be that Google just released a Chrome update that’s not yet been put into Rockmelt, and not yet supported in Firefox.

  2. JonE

    Yes, I have an attitude about facebook that has been forged over time, but I’ve had an attitude about Google for much longer than that. My basic problem with Google is the same one I now have with FB; security. And for that reason I will not download and install Chrome; I will not use Chrome.

    It doesn’t surprise me that this program, made for Chrome, won’t work on “Firefox”; they want you to download and use Chrome. And it is this kind of technique that is used by both Google and FB (and others) that gives me the rash. I’m not much of a Microsoft fan either; go figure. MS spends hours figuring out how to keep you secure from outside threats while at the same time figuring out ways they can gather any information they want, from you, pretty much on demand; after all you are using their software – they have a Right to your information. Right? Google and Chrome have pretty much the same attitude.

    I suppose I could have simply said I won’t use Chrome.

    I wasn’t surprised that this diddy won’t work with FF, but, I was a bit surprised that it wouldn’t work with “RockMelt”, as well. No worries; I won’t need “RockMelt” any longer after I delete my FB account. RockMelt does work rather well with FB.