The ‘BReal Lab’ proposes an innovative approach to enabling geographically distributed learners to collaborate around physical engineering laboratory activities, such as building robots. It facilitates combining software and hardware components, created by different students in different parts of the world, into a single working system. The BReal Lab has been successfully tested using groups of dispersed learners from Leon Institute of Technology (Mexico), San Diego State University (USA) and Shijiazhuang University (China), Anglia Ruskin University (UK) and Essex University (UK) to build an intelligent home prototype. Preliminary results showed a positive learner’s experience opening up new opportunities for online education. The project was a collaboration with King Abdulaziz University (KSA).