The LEGO Group has announced a new addition to the LEGO Building Instructions app, with a BETA experience titled Build Together allowing for group building.
Dominik Brachmanski came up with the idea of app based instructions that would allow a group to build a LEGO set together, and now the LEGO Group is launching a BETA version of that concept. Six LEGO sets are available on the app now, with more promised on the future.
Up to five people can build a LEGO set together, with everyone needing a smart device with the free Build Together app installed. The app will then aim to keep everyone busy as the build progresses, with different builders putting together different sub-assemblies.
‘I originally started playing with the idea of a new co-building experience back in 2017, and since pitching it to the LEGO Group in early 2020 it’s been an honour to oversee the many iterations that have helped shape the feature to where it is at now. It’s been a long time coming and I’ve been fully determined to see this project through, but it’s only been possible thanks to support from members of the AFOL community, close friends and people within the LEGO Group who believed in the idea and contributed to it,’ says Dominik Brachmanski, inventor of Build Together. ‘I hope Build Together will entertain and inspire many people out there.’
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‘When Dominik shared the idea of enabling LEGO sets to be built together with more people in a new social and engaging way, we immediately thought this was a great invention that we wanted to make available to many more fans. It’s been a pleasure maturing the experience in close collaboration with Dominik who during the development phase provided his technical skills and understanding of the algorithm behind the experience to evolve the concept further with our consumer insights and design support,’ says Open Innovation Insights Manager Sisse Hagensby.
‘Thanks to a strong collaboration with Dominik it’s been a really smooth and fun ride getting to this point, and we can’t wait to see how fans take to this new experience. We hope that the learnings and insights from this BETA will show that there is a real appetite from our fans to scale Build Together.’
The updated app is scheduled for December 13, although apparently it is available now and ready to try out with one of the select sets:
- 60307 Rescue Camp
- 60292 Town Centre
- 60291 Family house
- 60302 Wildlife Rescue
- 10270 Bookshop
- 31097 Townhouse Pet Shop & Café