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This article was published on January 28, 2014

Google and LEGO team up for new Chrome experiment that lets you build anything in your browser

Google and LEGO team up for new Chrome experiment that lets you build anything in your browser
Emil Protalinski
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Google today announced a new Chrome experiment in partnership with LEGO: Build with Chrome. In short, you can use your mouse or touchscreen to build something out of the colorful bricks directly in your Web browser, share them on Google+, and explore what others have already built.

Google explains its thinking: “We think the creative freedom of LEGO bricks shouldn’t be limited to plastic bins.” The experiment, which was originally built by a team in Australia in June 2012 but has now been opened up to everybody, is possible thanks to WebGL, a JavaScript API that allows browsers to render 3D graphics without the need for additional plugins.

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