A new app creates LEGO sets by scanning pieces

Augusta, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – If you have kids in your house, it’s a safe bet that there are LEGO blocks and bricks scattered around.

As much as you manage to pick things up and put them in toy boxes, those little pieces of plastic end up in the weirdest places.

Derek Alter, the father of two sons who are of prime LEGO building age, says he and his wife, Carolyn, find them every time they clean the sofas and vacuum the floors.

“In the bathrooms, in the playroom, in the kitchen. “They always find Lagos because they’re tiny and they get it wrong everywhere,” says Alter.

Has he ever stepped on his bare feet? “Ohhh. Bad words come out of mouths,” he says.

LEGOS is the best-selling toy of all time.

It is estimated that there are over 320 LEGO bricks on the planet, which means 80 for every person in the world.

Part of the reason LEGOS is parents’ least favorite toy is that it takes a creative mind to figure out what to do with it all, and for most kids, they can only see the piles, not the ones they can build. That’s where this app “Brickit” comes in.

Brickit uses a smartphone camera to take a photo and scan all the pieces laid out on a flat surface.

Each piece on the screen lights up as it is scanned and placed. After this step is completed, Brickit not only shows the total number of LEGOS in the picture, but also all the possibilities that can be built from the pieces in the photo.

When Alters scanned their small pile of LEGOS, the app counted several hundred and revealed 243 possible designs, including trees, animals and other objects. Along with the photo and description, Brickit also shows you each piece you need and how many.

The Alters is like finding the pieces themselves, but when you can find a specific piece (for example, the elusive LEGO ear), you can take the Brickit app and it will find the piece for you in the pile.

Once the design is created, you can take a photo and save it to your Brickit profile folder so you’ll always have a record of what you’ve built.

Caroline Alter said they downloaded the app one night and played with LEGOS for three hours, something they haven’t done in a while.

The Brickit app is free, but signing up for the Pro version gives you more things to build and includes a “finder” feature.

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