I was tweeted about a Kickstarter campaign called FanPlanz. They claim they have the technology to build an app that recognizes individual elements from a pile, and can thus build a database of your LEGO collection, and then tell you what you can build. It sounds great, but I'm doubtful. What do you guys think? They also claim to be working on other things like looking at an object, and the app can tell you how to build it from LEGO. It just sounds too good to be true. But I could be wrong. Here is the link to the Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/736931231/fanplanz-the-brick-plans-marketplace
And here is the summary of what they are claiming to do:
FanPlanz uses the very latest in artificial intelligence and object recognition to make building Lego models with your kids an even more exciting experience. Simply take a picture of your Lego and FanPlanz is able to recognise and catalogue the size, shape and colour of every piece in your collection.
Knowing which bricks you have, allows FanPlanz to suggest new models for you to build. If you need extra bricks to complete a model we'll also ship those to you for a small fee.
Pretty soon you'll be able to take a picture of any inanimate, solid object and we'll be able to create a set of instructions to build that model "on-the-fly".
Later on we plan to launch brick robots which will be able to pick out pieces for you to reduce brick rummaging.
Where do the models come from we'll be selling? That’s where you come in. Brick model designers who want to sell their designs will be able to create plans and make them available for sale to the community. We know Lego fans love to develop new models and we’re hoping some of them will be interested in commercialising their hobby.
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