Google announced today that it’s opening a new Build With Chrome website to the public that originally started as a Chrome Experiment. In collaboration with LEGO, Build With Chrome uses WebGL 3D graphics technology to let users build any creation they can think of using virtual LEGO in an extremely slick web-based interface. The site also features the ability to explore creations by others and share your own through Google+ as well as “Build Academy” that features charcaters from the upcoming The LEGO Movie film.

The Build With Chrome site is already featuring a number of creations from the community and is now open for all to play with. 

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5 Responses to “Google’s Build With Chrome is a Minecraft-like virtual LEGO builder in the browser”

  1. Well, that was disappointing. Apparently the app isn’t supported in Chrome on a Moto X, an ASUS MeMoPad HD7. I can understand why it may not work in on my 2006 Mac running OS X 10.6, but the others are both pretty new devices. It begs the question of exactly what hardware WILL support this app.

    • leftylimbo says:

      Agreed. I went straight to the site after hearing all the buzz. My 7-yr-old kid would totally dig the concept since he’s already addicted to Minecraft and also loves playing with Legos, so I thought I’d surprise him with this.

      Ugh. It’s one thing to find out that my computer/browser can’t hang with the “advanced web technologies” the app uses—I’m running an ’08 Macbook with 10.6.8 and the latest Chrome, btw—but this has got to be the first time I’ve ever seen an app which *doesn’t* state anywhere what the system requirements are to run the app successfully.

      That’s what I don’t get about this. If I couldn’t launch the app successfully, wouldn’t it be common sense to have some kind of link which takes you directly to a system requirements page of some sort so that I could get it running by downloading and/or installing the requisite material? All it says instead is some snooty “Slow down there, cowboy” line that’s meant to be funny I suppose, without any remedy whatsoever.

      Good going, Google.