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Lego Combines Physical and Virtual Block-Building Through Augmented Reality

07 December 2017 | Jonathan So

Lego has always been known for its block-building toys that enable owners to physically assemble to create literally whatever they want. Recently, Lego has decided to add more fun to the process by incorporating augmented reality to supplement physical kits, through an app known as AR Studio that is free to download on iOS.

Wait A Minute... What in the World is Augmented Reality?

Before we continue further, allow me to briefly explain what augmented reality or AR is to those who might not be familiar with the term. Augmented reality is a technology integrates digital information with the user’s environment in real-time. In simpler terms, augmented reality overlays digital information onto the existing environment, adding virtual elements into real-life situations.

More About the AR Studio App

The AR Studio app, which was released on 1st December 2017, uses Apple’s ARKit platform to add animated characters and audio-visuals to selected Lego toys, creating a combination of digital and physical elements. All you need to do is to simply hold your iPhone over these models and you will be able to summon fire-breathing dragons, elements, and firetrucks dousing flames with hoses!

Apart from these elements, virtual Golden Bricks are also hidden in the Lego AR environment for users to seek out and collect while using the app.

Compatible sets at launch include classic models Lego City Police Station 60047, Train Set 60052, and Fire Station 60110. Three Ninjago sets are also supported to date, which are Green Dragon 70593, Cole’s Mech 70632, and Destiny’s Bounty 70618. Not to worry though as Lego will definitely add more models to the list once the app develops further in the near future.

Furthermore, the app also enables users to record the “special appearances” of these virtual extras through its built-in camera for you to watch at a later date. You should keep in mind though that the app only works for iPhones that have A9 processors and newer, meaning the iPhone 6S and beyond. Look like this could spell trouble for parents who are protective of their newly-purchased iPhone X.

So far, the new AR Studio app looks like a major hit amongst children as well as adult fans and collectors of Lego kits. Why not join in the fun and get yourself a Lego set this Christmas?

City Police Station
From RM 399.20 LEGO City Police Station 60047 Buy Now and Enjoy FREE SHIPPING! Condition : Brand new in Sealed Factory Packaging Item will be shipped in box for extra protection. The police officers are taking a coffee break when a tow truck uses its grappling hook to tear the jail window right off of the LEGO City Police Station. Sound the sirens! Send the police car after the criminal who is escaping with the tow truck. Circle the perimeter of the prison on the motorbike to find the felon crawling through a secret escape hatch underneath the toilet. Another crook is trying to escape using a roof hatch. One cop can pilot the helicopter, while the other uses the megaphone to tell the criminal to stop right there. Hurry down to arrest him and place him in one of the helicopter's side compartments before he gets away! This 854-piece set has tons of accessories and plenty of ways to play. Product Highlights While the cop mini figures are taking a coffee break, a tow truck uses its grappling hook and chain to rip off one of the cell windows and free a prisoner! Sound the alarms and send the police scurrying to capture the criminals Handcuff the crook escaping on the tow truck before he gets away! Send two police officers up in the helicopter to survey the scene and to arrest the jailbird trying to escape through the roof hatch Use the megaphone to tell the criminals they are surrounded Send a policewoman to chase down the tow truck in the cop car Use the motorbike to circle the prison and find the prisoner who built an escape hatch underneath the toilet Once the prison break has been contained, the police officers will have to keep a close eye on the prisoners from the control tower With 854 pieces, you can create unique situations each time you play What's Included Police station Police car Police helicopter Police motorbike Tow truck Four police officer mini figures Three crook mini figures Police dog Four pairs of handcuffs Three walkie-talkies Two crowbars Flashlight Binoculars Two balls and chains Three coffee mugs Two bank notes Backpack Megaphone Laptop #LEGO #Gift #Toys #City #Discount #Set #Birthday #Bricks #Police #PoliceStation #Minifigures #BricksAlive
City Space Port
From RM 223.20 LEGO® City Space Port Training Jet Transporter (60079) (Buy Now and Enjoy FREE SHIPPING!) Join the LEGO® City space team aboard the Training Jet Transporter! The Training Jet Transporter includes a detachable trailer, jet with foldout wings, service car and 3 minifigures with accessories. Join the space team aboard the Training Jet Transporter! Help unload the supersonic jet from the huge trailer, fold out the wings, open the tinted cockpit and climb aboard. Now, start the engines and follow the service vehicle to the holding position. When you’re cleared for takeoff, thunder down the runway and soar into the sky! Practice landings and aerial maneuvers until you’re ready to pilot a space shuttle! Includes 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: a driver, pilot and a service person. • Includes 3 minifigures with assorted accessories: a driver, pilot and a service person • Features a Training Jet Transporter with detachable trailer, training jet with opening cockpit and foldout wings, and a service car • Accessories include a fuel tank, 2 marshaling wands and a wrench element • Drive the huge transporter! • Detach the trailer • Guide the training jet into position • Fold out the wings • Training Jet Transporter without trailer measures over 3” (8cm) high, 6” (17cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide, and over 15” (39cm) long with trailer attached • Trailer measures over 10” (27cm) long, 1” (5cm) wide and under 1” (2cm) high • Jet measures over 3” (8cm) high, 8” (21cm) long and 6” (17cm) wide • Service car measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (6cm) long and 1” (4cm) wide #LEGO #Gift #Toys #City #Discount #Set #Birthday #Bricks #minifigure #Space #Plane #Jet #Truck

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