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 http://lego.com/building-app (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 LEGO.com/Technic 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!