Sunday, December 29, 2013

Niels and Torben talk about the first LEGO Technic interactive 3D building instructions

After the introduction this year of the first LEGO interactive 3D building instructions app for tablets with the LEGO MINDSTORMS 31313 release, it was a mater of time till we get to see something similar for a LEGO Technic model.
And this is happening for the first time with 42022 Hot Rod - Still an early development, but certainly it will set a direction for future releases.

The app features include:

  • 3D Animation and playback options for all building steps
  • Zoom, pan and spin 360 degrees
  • 1:1 scale element details where necessary
  • Built-in app tutorial
  • Element overview for each step
  • Use Ghost View to see what you’re building

At this moment, the app is optimized for iPad, iPad Mini, and a couple of different Android devices.
It can be downloaded from the Apple Store, from the Android Apps on Google Play, or from a (not yet available).

To give some highlights on the new concept, the LEGO Technic marketing lead Niels Henrik and Torben, building instructions specialist, talk about this development in a recent post at blog.

Meanwhile and if you do not have any of the supported devices to test it yourself, you could see the video below from LEGO Small Potato, with a review on this app.

At the moment we have two LEGO sets with this kind of 3D interactive instructions and two distinct apps to install. As this will proliferate to other sets, I'm starting to wonder whether we will continue to have distinct apps for each set (unlikely IMHO), or a more generic app where we could download the building instructions for each model we may get interested in.

Don't miss this, try it yourself and tell us about your experience!


Junkstyle Gio said...

Unfortunately i do not have a pad or a eligable smartphone.
Hopefully this app will come available for windows 8.1 too.

Ryan said...

The resolution of the parts is pretty bad when you zoom in. With vector diagrams this should be no problem. The round shapes are really edgy. And I got a bit nauseous when a new sub-build of the model is introduced and it starts to rotate...

Allanp said...

I cannot see how they could make it any easier for kids to build a technic set. Seriously, if they are using this app to build the model and they STILL find it too difficult then we as a species are in trouble! I personally won't be using them as I much prefer building from a book and finally being away from an electronic screen of any kind but if this app helps make technic more accessible to younger kids and therefore more profitable then great :).

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