LEGO followers have been utilizing the toys to make stop-motion animation for many years—there are even official sets and tools that lean into that. However now LEGO is hoping for extra mainstream enchantment with VIDIYO, a mixture of toys and AR video that permits you to create your personal music movies. Or extra doubtless, heaps and plenty of meme-filled shorts.
The core of the system is the VIDIYO app, which lets youngsters customise avatars, backgrounds, props, and different 3D augmented actuality parts to position inside their movies. You may scan present LEGO units and minifigs into the system, or add new props, animations, sounds, and licensed music through “BeatBits,” tiny sold-separately LEGO items that unlock components of the VIDIYO system.
So along with the TikTok social video factor, LEGO is attempting augmented actuality toys once more (see: the shuttered LEGO Dimensions). There’s additionally a healthy dose of proprietary kid-focused music codecs, harking back to HitClips from the early 2000s. Music within the app and on the BeatBits is on mortgage from the Common Music Group, which LEGO claims will go well with “everybody’s tastes, from toddlers to great-grandparents.”
For those who’re cringing on the privateness implications of a video service made particularly for youths, LEGO’s already considered that. Customers within the VIDIYO system are totally nameless, every video must be reviewed and verified by an actual particular person at LEGO earlier than being printed, and fogeys can see (and take away) all of the movies their youngsters submit through a parental dashboard.
VIDIYO will launch as a free app on Android and iOS on February sixteenth. Costs for the BeatBits add-ons haven’t been introduced.