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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)


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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

The Rubik’s Cube Gets Updated

By Luke Anderson

I can honestly say that I’ve never managed to successfully solve a Rubik’s Cube. I remember having one as a kid, and getting very frustrated with it. Sometimes I wonder if I couldn’t solve one now that I’m older, but seeing how they’ve already updated the classic puzzle, I might as well move on to it.

Yes, that strange object with many mirrored sides is the updated Rubik’s Cube, now called a Rubiks Mirror Blocks puzzle. Each row of blocks is a slightly different size than the one next to it, making it even more challenging than the original. It looks like they will be going on sale in Japan sometime in the next couple of weeks for around $20. No word yet on a US release.

[ Amazon Japan ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Official Rubik’s Speed Cubing Kit

Official Rubik's Speed Cubing Kit (Image courtesy Rubik's Cube Official Site)
By Andrew Liszewski

While robotic Rubik’s Cube solvers like the Tilted Twister take the tedium out of properly arranging all those colored squares, they’re not exactly the fastest solution to the problem. Believe it or not humans still have the advantage when it comes to quickly solving a Rubik’s Cube, and the current world record stands at just 9.18 seconds.

And if you’ve been trying to shave a few precious seconds off your own cube solving time, the official Rubik’s Speed Cubing Kit has a few completely legal tricks to help you out. (And by legal I mean by world record standards. I don’t think there’s any country in the world who’s gone to the trouble of setting up anti-Rubik’s tampering legislation.) The kit includes a bottle of lubricant to help reduce the friction on the moving parts, and a couple of screwdrivers for loosening up the joints. There’s even a small manual on how to become a professional cuber, but apparently that dream requires you to know how to read Japanese.

[ Official Rubik’s Speed Cubing Kit ] VIA [ TOKYOMANGO ]