Google Announces New LEGO Project: Build With Chrome

Skye Hudson 30-01-2014

Ever wanted to build something out of LEGOs but avoid the danger of accidentally stepping on one of those foot-destroyers? Well, the Chrome team and LEGO Group sure have a treat for you: Build With Chrome.


Build With Chrome is a program that can run on Chrome (desktop or mobile) thanks to the 3D rendering technology WebGL. The mobile version, pictured below, relies on touch for navigation, whereas the desktop version uses mouse controls. Users can select from a wide variety of LEGO bricks, change the color, and rotate the bricks or the entire board.


For a little help getting started you can check out the Build Academy, a series of tutorials featuring characters from the upcoming LEGO movie. Of course, Build With Chrome also supports Google+ sign in so that you can save your creations as well as share them to your friends.

Like many Google projects, Build With Chrome started off as a side project just for fun. Originally built by a Google team in Australia, the Build With Chrome project is finally being opened up to everyone.

Will you be taking part? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to share your creations with us on Google+ [no longer available].


Source: Google Blog

Related topics: Google Chrome, LEGO.

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  1. Anonymous
    February 3, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Try taking a Lego set with you on the train or at work and see what kind of response you get. Maybe then you may start to see even an inkling of the point.

  2. Db
    April 23, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I really don't see the point of building with LEGO's using virtual techniques. The whole point of lego is to handle it and build something tangible with it. Even better - use minifigures and animate with them.! That will really bring them to life.
    Use something like stop motion software to make them ove in 3D!

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2015 at 3:14 am

      Try taking a set and playing with it on the train or at work and maybe you'll start to see an inkling of the point of "virtual techniques". I like how you take the concept of being able to create anything and limiting it to just "handling". Stick to your rules and never ever think outside the box!

  3. Steve
    January 31, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Looks very cool, but if you don't want to give your kids more reasons to be on the internet, you can download the Lego Digital Designer for free.

  4. Tarik
    January 31, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Cool! I've already downloaded it!

  5. Laurence D
    January 31, 2014 at 11:15 am

    this would be perfect game for kids that always want to play on PC

  6. Daniel M
    January 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Works a treat here, the kids are going to love this

  7. Josemon M
    January 31, 2014 at 6:54 am

    by the way ..I am getting a message "slow down cowboy, you don't have the features to support the build " in Google chrome ...

    • Anonymous
      January 31, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      That message pisses me off

  8. chromeispyware
    January 30, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    By the way, you dont need to get Chrome. It works on all latest browsers.

  9. Sudeepto D
    January 30, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Really a nice initiative by Google :) Will definitely try it.