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Rubik’s $150 TouchCube Available Soon

Rubik's TouchCube (Image courtesy Rubik's)
By Andrew Liszewski

The Rubik’s TouchCube first surfaced back in February earlier this year, and the “available sometime in the Fall” release date that was given translates to very soon, if not already. The official Rubik’s TouchCube website claims the cube is already available at Best Buy, though a quick search of their online store returned no results, while The New York Times Gadgetwise blog claims it will be in stores on October 18, just a few weeks away.

For those who haven’t seen it before, the Rubik’s TouchCube is essentially the same sliding puzzle toy you had as a kid, except the moving parts and colored stickers have been replaced with illuminated panels and touch sensors that allow you to turn or twist a series of squares simply by swiping your finger across them. And for nostalgia’s sake there’s even an option to turn on an accompanying sound effect that’s an actual recording of the original cube’s twisting sound.

The best part is that thanks to a “powerful processor” inside, the TouchCube always knows the exact number of moves needed to solve it, though I imagine you could get all the sides back to a uniform color by simply resetting it. It definitely looks a lot cooler than the original, but is it $150 worth of cool?

[ Rubik's TouchCube ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]

Mega Man Boss Battle Rubik’s Cube

Mega Man Rubik's Cube (Image courtesy Capcom Blogs)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s not that hard to make your own custom Rubik’s Cube, all you really need is enough patience and perseverance to replace 54 little stickers. But the results can easily make the puzzle-solving experience a lot harder. Take this Mega Man Rubik’s Cube redux for example. Instead of getting all the same colors on each side, you need to re-assemble scenes from all six boss battles from the original NES version of the game. Definitely harder than a standard Rubik’s Cube, but still not as difficult as I remember Mega Man itself being.

[ Capcom Blogs - JGonzo - Mega Man Bosses Get More Frustrating On a Rubik's Cube ] VIA [ GoNintendo ]

Rubik’s 360 Set To Frustrate A New Generation Of Kids (And Adults)

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By Chris Scott Barr

As a kid I never had the patience to solve a Rubik’s Cube, perhaps now that I’m a bit older and wiser I might be up to the challenge. Of course that thing is old news, what with the Rubik’s 360 coming out soon.

This sphere actually contains two other plastic spheres with small holes in them. There are six small colored balls inside of these, which you are to navigate successfully to their similarly-colored outer dome compartments. Once there, you have to keep them from falling out while trapping the other balls in place. Of course the most frustrating part is that you can’t just remove the stickers and place them back in the correct order. You should be able to pick one of these up in the UK starting next week for around $15. No word yet on when we’ll see them over here.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ Dvice ]

Naef Cubicus Toy Is Rubik’s Whacked Out Cousin

Naef Cubicuc (Images courtesy nova68 Modern Design)
By Andrew Liszewski

While the Rubik’s Cube puzzle is designed to foster frustration, anger and one’s sticker peeling abilities, the Cubicus from Naef Toys is all about design and creativity. It was originally designed by Peer Clahsen in 1968 for Naef Toys, and it consists of a 4-inch wooden block made of up of various shaped pieces that can be disassembled and re-assembled into a myriad of other shapes and structures. This one’s all about design and creativity people, kind of like a stacked zen garden, and it’s available from nova68 Modern Design in red, blue, natural and ash for a mere $138.

[ Naef Cubicus Toy ] VIA [ Cool Hunting ]

Rubik’s Cube Font Generator

Rubik's Cube Font Generator (Images courtesy Jas Bhachu)
By Andrew Liszewski

Here’s another interesting take on the Rubik’s Cube which turns it from a puzzle into a graphic design tool. It was designed by Jas Bhachu as part of a project at the Liverpool School of Art & Design where students were challenged to produce a visual representation of the word ‘move’. So instead of colored squares, the Rubik’s Font Generator features a set of stamps on 4 sides of the cube allowing the user to create their own basic pixel font by re-arranging the shapes.

[ Jas Bhachu - Rubik's Cube Font Generator ] VIA [ designboom ]

Rubik’s Cube Salt & Pepper Mills

Rubik's Salt & Pepper Mills (Image courtesy I Want One Of Those)
By Andrew Liszewski

It might have brought you years of frustration as a child, but as a grown-up you can now use the power of the Rubik’s Cube for good. Or at least good taste. This set of salt and pepper mills are made to look like the iconic twisting puzzle cubes from the 80′s, but instead of messing up the colored grid pattern, the twisting motion is actually used to grind out your choice of salt or pepper.

They’re available from I Want One Of Those for about $16.55 each. Yeah, you have to buy them separately.

[ Rubik's Salt and Pepper Mills ] VIA [ Toyology ]

Petaminx Dodecahedral Puzzle Would Make Ernő Rubik Cry

Petaminx Puzzle (Images courtesy PuzzleForge)
By Andrew Liszewski

I think “whoa!” is the only response you can really have when you first see this amazing dodecahedral puzzle created by Jason Smith of PuzzleForge.com. While the original design was created by Andrew Cormier, the completed Petaminx puzzle you see above was cast and hand-assembled by Jason, who clearly has the patience of a saint. So what goes into a masterpiece like this? All-in-all there are 975 individual parts not including the 1,212 stickers that each had to be placed by hand, one at a time. Overall the Petaminx took about 75 hours to complete including the molding process, cleaning the parts, assembly and finish, but as you can see in the video below, it only takes about a minute to royally screw the thing up.

[ PuzzleForge - The Making of The Petaminx ] VIA [ MAKE: Blog ]

Rubik’s Cube Lamp Is Colorful, Potentially Frustrating

By Evan Ackerman

We’ve had the occasional post about gadgets related to Rubik’s Cubes, and most of them are, to some extent, entirely useless. Why useless? Well, you get them, you mess them up, and then unless you’re really really smart (or a robot), they stay messed up and just sit on a shelf somewhere and depress you when you look at them. This Rubik’s Cube lamp (designed by Eric Pautz) is a little bit different in that it is arguably better looking once messed up, since it gives it a nice multicolored effect as opposed to being all conformist and boring. And you can always re-randomize it… And hey, if you re-randomize it enough times, you’ll eventually end up with a solved cube, although the odds of that are not great, considering that there are more potential combinations than there are atoms in the known universe.

This lamp may only be a concept for now, but if you want something Rubik’s-y that lights up, you can always get one of these instead.

VIA [ Go Get It ]

Rubik’s Cube + Pantone Mashup

Rubitone (Images courtesy Ignacio Pilotto)
By Andrew Liszewski

Where’s my X-Acto knife? Created by Ignacio Pilotto, the Rubitone is nothing more than your run-of-the-mill Rubik’s Cube that’s had the standard colored stickers replaced by swatches from the Pantone color matching system. Unfortunately since the Rubitone has no official affiliation with either Pantone or Ideal Toys there are no plans for it to go into production, but I’m sure you could easily give your own Rubik’s Cube the Pantone treatment with an afternoon of careful cutting and pasting.

[ Rubitone (Rubik + Pantone) ] VIA [ Boing Boing Gadgets ]