LEGO Launches 'Playgrounds' AR App for iOS, Mixing Physical Sets With Augmented Reality

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    Following a demo earlier this year at WWDC, LEGO today launched the LEGO AR Playgrounds app for iPhone and iPad [Direct Link]. The app uses ARKit to place digital LEGO characters and blocks into real-world environments, and the digital creations can also interact with existing physical LEGO sets.

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    There are various "playgrounds" within the app that users will be able to explore, the first being LEGO Ninjago. Using select physical Ninjago Dragon Hunters sets, players will be able to interact with these sets to see special effects, animations, and characters come to life in augmented reality. These select sets include LEGO Ninjago Dieselnaut (70654) and the Lego Ninjago Dragon's Pit (70655).

    With multi-user support in ARKit, two people will be able to play together in the same playground. In the Ninjago playground, two users can team up to battle against the Dragon Hunters, share power-ups, and strategize to survive through a wave-based attack mode.
    If you don't have a physical set, LEGO Playgrounds allows you to play five levels without a set. Users will just need to find a flat surface and they'll be able to play these select levels in AR only. The LEGO Playgrounds app for iOS is free to play and there are no in-app purchases, ads, or marketing messages.

    To use the AR features players will need an iPhone 6s and above on the latest version of iOS. Head to the iOS App Store to download LEGO AR Playgrounds for free today [Direct Link].

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  2. vicviper789 macrumors regular

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    I wish they would do more like this but for LEGO mindstorms
     
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    Cool. Just too bad these things are so darn expensive (the Lego sets, not the app).
     
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    Yes, I just checked them on Amazon and they are both over $100!!:(:mad:
     
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    Matter of perspective. A $100 set will bring countless hours of fun and family bonding over spending the same mount going out to a couple movies.
     
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    Very true. Just relating it to the Ninjago set my 8 year old son got about a year ago. Over 8k pieces and he just dove into it and knocked it out in a couple days. The AR will add some nice additional entertainment though.
     
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    Yeah, that’s pretty sweet. My kids haven’t been into Ninjago. They’ve done the technic, Star Wars, and Marbel sets. Hoping they extend the AR features to those. Would be pretty sweet to extend the features of all the sets we have.
     
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    Yes, it's totally worth. Lego is one of the most creativity-inducing toys there is. I'm always saddened to hear about their loss of sales.
     
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    Mine weren't too into Ninjago either. But when my son saw 8,000 pieces, he was all in. :D
     
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    Which set is that? May pick it up up just to use the added iPad VR feature.
     
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