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The app helps keep track of Lego pieces at home | Top Stories

If there are children in your house, chances are there are LEGO blocks and bricks scattered everywhere.

As hard as you try to keep things picked up and in toy boxes, those little bits of plastic end up in the weirdest places.

Derek Alter, father of two boys of LEGO building age, says he finds them whenever he and

his wife Caroline cleans the sofas and vacuums the floor.

“In the bathrooms, in the playroom, in the kitchen,” Alter said. “You always find Legos because they’re tiny and they’re just wandering around.”

Has he ever walked barefoot?

“Ohhh yeah. The swear words are coming out of your mouth.”

LEGOS is the best-selling toy of all time. It is estimated that there are over 320 LEGO bricks on the planet, or 80 for every person in the world.

Part of the reason LEGOShave has become parents’ least favorite toy is that it takes a creative mind to figure out what to do with it all and for most kids they can only see the pile, not what’s going on. they can build.

That’s where this “Brickit” app comes in.

Brickit uses a smartphone camera to take a photo and then scan all the pieces when laid out on a flat surface. On screen, each piece glows as it is scanned and recorded.

Once this step is completed, Brickit displays not only the total number of LEGOS in the picture, but all the possibilities that can be built from the pieces in the picture.

When the Quirks scanned just a small pile of their LEGOS, the app counted several hundred and displayed 243 possible models, including trees, animals, and other objects.

Along with the photo and description, Brickit also displays each piece you need and how much.

Quirks like to search for the pieces themselves, but when they can’t find a certain piece (like the elusive LEGO ear), you can grab the Brickit app and it locates the piece in the pile for you.

Once the design is created, you can take a photo and save it to your Brickit profile folder so you always have a record of what you’ve built.

Caroline Alter said they downloaded the app one evening and played with the LEGOS for three hours, which they hadn’t done in some time.

The Brickit app is free but a subscription to a Pro version gives you more ideas of things to build and includes the “finder” function.