If you have a large collection of Lego bricks in a bucket, you could probably use some inspiration and help sorting out the pile. Here’s how to use your iPhone to aid in constructive play.
It’s pretty typical that you can’t have a single Lego set. Over the years, plastic shaped bricks can seemingly multiply, with adult fans and kids happily building their collection with multiple games.
There’s a common problem that most people will run into: storing sets after you’re done with them. Virtually everyone will sweep bricks into a bucket or box for storage, if the built diorama is not preserved in its final splendor on a shelf.
As time goes by, the sets intertwine, combined into a mass of unsorted bricks in a container. This can be good for creativity, but it is very likely that you will not find the instruction manual, or necessarily the correct bricks that you need for a particular construction.
If you are left with a growing pile of bricks, the situation could be overwhelming, especially when you want to try to sort the collection into smaller subsets for construction.
This is where your iPhone can help.
A free app created by block fanatics, Brickit for iOS it is a useful tool for situations where you have tons of bricks but have no idea what to do with them. Taking advantage of the rear camera and computer vision, the app can tell you which parts you need for a project and where they are in the stack.
Such a tool can be useful in a number of ways, including the ability to give builders things to build with their collection. It also cuts down on build time by knowing where all the parts you need are located, saving you from having to spend minutes searching the stack for a particular item.
You are even presented with Lego-like instructions for building your selection.
Naturally, as an application intended for children and adults, it is easy to get started with the application.
There are two sections in the app, called Build and Collect. Of the two, Build will be the one you will probably spend the most time on.
Build: scan and select buildings
When you open the application for the first time, you will receive a tutorial that explains how the application works and what it can do.
To get started, you need to prepare your bricks for scanning. Lay the pile on a surface, remove large items from the collection, and level everything to make it a one-brick thick layer.
This is to ensure that the camera can see as many individual bricks as possible in the pile. If others are covering bricks, the camera can’t see them and the app doesn’t know it exists.
How to scan bricks in Brickit on iPhone
- Open the Brickit app.
- Faucet Scan bricks.
- Hold the iPhone about two feet above the brick layer to capture as many bricks as possible. If necessary, hold the iPhone higher to capture all the edges of the brick pile.
- Tap on the white circle to take a photo.
- Once a scan is complete, touch the Tick to proceed.
- Please select from the list of ideas proposed by the application. It will also warn you if pieces are missing, so you will have to try to find an alternative within the stack. Faucet Build.
- Follow the instructions for construction, using the parts list at the bottom of the screen. Tap on the miniature of the scanned area to see where the parts you need to use are.
There are some limitations to the app, which is still in beta at the time of publication. While you can’t see all the bricks in a pile, you do a good job of identifying what you can actually see.
The app will also count how many bricks are in the pile and show you the total. The count may not be perfectly correct as it may misidentify some or miss others altogether.
There are also times when the app won’t give you an idea of what to build based on what was scanned. The app recommends that at least 150 bricks be scanned to suggest something.
It is also recommended to move the Duplo and Technic bricks away from the stack, as the app does not currently detect those bricks.
Lastly, make sure the scanned bricks are well lit to ensure the camera has the best chance of collecting them all. AppleInsider Testing indicates that the app works just as well on a patterned rug as it does on a plain white desktop, you may want to use the simplest background whenever possible.
Once you’re set up, scanning the stack is pretty quick, with a collection of 276 bricks taking about a second on an iPhone 12 Pro Max, four seconds on an iPhone 11 Pro, and roughly 15 seconds on an iPhone X.
If you use more bricks, it will take longer, that is, two seconds on the iPhone 12 Pro Max and 15 seconds on the iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone X was unable to scan the largest stack.
Collect: knowing what you have
If you have a better understanding of the Lego sets you have on hand, you will probably want to take advantage of the Collect section. In short, you can tell the app which sets you own, telling you what other bricks may be available, although they are not necessarily shown in a scan.
They won’t tell you how to build a set that you already own, however, just what else you could build from the bricks in that set. You won’t get a guide, but you will be told which bricks are within the set, including the different brick categories.
How to add your outfits to Brickit on iPhone
- In the Brickit app, touch Pick up.
- Tap on the kind from the Lego series to which the set belongs, such as City or Star Wars. You can also use the search box to find the set.
- Tap on the place from the category list.
- Faucet Add.
- Scroll to select the number of games of that type that you own, then touch Save money.
- Scroll down to see the bricks in the set. Touch show all to see all the bricks, categorized.
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