This movie shows how Lego bricks could be used to transfer design models into real-time digital files with this prototype system by London studio Gravity.

Gravity’s Lego X system recognises forms created with toy building blocks, using location-mapping and gyroscopic sensors to plot the position and orientation of each of the components to create a digital 3D model.

“[Lego X] is a network of bricks that communicate through an app made in-house,” Oluwaseyi Sosanya from the Gravity team told Dezeen. “You have your bricks and you start building with them; the system understands the shapes being built and lets you control certain parameters to modify the shape for use when finished building.”

The app allows users to store the digital models and export the 3D files to use as they wish, for purposes including 3D printing.

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