Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Exhibit Design Inspiration: LEGO Box Augmented Reality

Imagine holding up a building toy to a "magic screen" to find out what the completely assembled LEGO structure would look like --- even with animated mini-figures!

That's what LEGO and augmented-reality (AR) company Metaio came up with the "LEGO Digital Box" (LDB) program.  A user just holds and turns a box in front of a screen to see the "augmented" image of the finished toy appear on top of the box they're holding.

I really like the potential of doing installations like these in museums related to collections objects. (Hopefully if they build enough "LEGO boxes" the price of the technology will come down into museum range.)

So head out to a LEGO or big-box toy store near you to try out this cool AR idea! (Or check out the YouTube video below that shows the LDB in action.)

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