Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
I have a lot of very special memories of playtime with Lego from my childhood… Hours upon hours whiled away, with or without my brother, making and building all manner of creations. I may have outgrown my playtime with Lego, but I bet there are people who have never outgrown their love of this most brilliant of inventions.
Quite possibly there are legions of architects and designers who still love their Lego and now this toy could become more than just this; London studio Gravity has created a system that can transfer “Lego” creations into real-time digital files…
By making use of location-mapping and gyroscopic sensors, the program plots and positions and orientates each block to render a 3D model of the creation.
According to Gravity’s Oluwaseyi Sosanya “[Lego X] is a network of bricks that communicate through an app made in-house,” …”You have your bricks and you start building with them; the system understands the shapes being built and lets you control certain parameters to modify the shape for use when finished building.” [Source dezeen.com]
In other words each block is modelled individually within the interface, so whatever you do with the physical blocks with your hands, is mirrored in real time on screen… Once you’ve created larger clusters of blocks these become single entities within the programme and it’s then easy to create complicated forms.
The software was developed by four Royal College of Art and Imperial College London students at Gravity, who were working on augmented reality software for turning 2D drawings into 3D models.
Just imagine if the architects of the future could play with this tool as children? All the imagination and creativity of fresh young minds, harnessed by software that takes care of all the practicalities technical and structural considerations that they would not yet have learned? Just awesome…
HAPPY FRIDAY everyone 🙂