Your phone can show life-like Pokemon appearing on top of the world around you, so why not bring your favorite toys to life? Announced last summer and debuting today on Apple's app store, Lego AR Playgrounds (opens in new tab) takes your fixed Lego sets and turns them into interactive games using augmented reality.
Playground utilizes Apple's ARKit technology to detect Lego bricks and superimpose animations on top of them. Imagine looking at a Lego castle that appears to be on fire or moving virtual warriors around a physical brick battleground that you set up in your living room.
At first, Lego AR Playgrounds will only work with two Ninjago-themed sets, the Lego Ninjago Dieselnaut (opens in new tab) (70654) and Ninjago Dragon's Pit (opens in new tab) (70655). However, even if you don't have either kit, you can play the first five levels of the game in Playground, with the app projecting pictures of Lego objects onto any surface.
There's also a two-player mode so that you and a friend can play in co-op mode with each other using a combination of the above Lego Ninjago sets and iOS devices. Using the app, one or two players can fight against the evil Dragon Hunters in a battle complete with power-ups, weapons and all kinds of special effects.
The Lego Ninjago AR Playground is just the first of many augmented-reality experiences that the company plans to roll out. The app (opens in new tab) is completely free, but because it uses ARKit, is available only on iOS for devices that are as powerful as an iPhone 6s. There's no word about a possible Android version.