An app available on iOS has finally answered one of the most common questions from LEGO collectors. From now on, figuring out what to build with LEGO pieces is very easy with the help of the iPhone and the Brickit app. This fun tool offers several options after detecting the different parts available, which most of us will surely use again, after testing it.
Brickit has been created to give LEGO collectors extra inspiration. Taking advantage of the rear camera and computer vision, the app can pinpoint which parts are needed for a project and explain how to position them correctly. Assuming that the main audience is children, the app is very easy to use in either of the two available sections. Build and Collect. Although of the two, Build will probably be the one where the majority spend the most time.
How to scan LEGO pieces on the iPhone
To start creating the first thing is to prepare the bricks for scanning. The pile should be laid out on a surface, leveled for everything to make it a layer one brick thick. This arrangement 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.
- Open the Brickit app.
- Tap Scan Bricks.
- Hold the iPhone about two feet above the bricklayer to capture as many bricks as possible. If necessary, hold the iPhone higher to capture all the edges of the brick pile.
- Press the white circle to take a photo and then press on the image to continue.
- Select from the list of ideas proposed by the application. The app will warn if pieces are missing, so you will have to try to find an alternative within the stack.
- Follow the instructions for construction, using the parts list at the bottom of the screen. Touch the thumbnail of the scanned area to see where the parts you need to use are.
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. And it usually recommends that at least 150 bricks be scanned to suggest something.
Such a tool can be useful in a number of ways. In addition to offering builders elements to build with their collection. It also reduces build time by knowing where all the parts you need are located, saving you from having to spend minutes searching for a particular part.