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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 ]

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.

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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 ]

Tilted Twister Solves Rubik’s Cube With LEGO Mindstorms NXT

Tilted Twister (Image courtesy Hans Andersson)
By Andrew Liszewski

The first LEGO creation I saw that was able to independently solve a Rubik’s Cube was JP Brown’s CubeSolver. It was truly an amazing feat of LEGO engineering that relied heavily on the original LEGO Mindstorms, but when compared to the Tilted Twister it almost looks over-engineered. Of course the Tilted Twister does have the benefit of using the newer LEGO Mindstorms NXT technology, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.

Designed by Hans Andersson, the only modification made to the Rubik’s Cube itself was a set of custom color stickers to allow the Mindstorm’s light sensor to properly recognize the different colors. Other than that the machine uses all stock Mindstorm parts and all of the calculations are handled by the NXT’s own processor, no PC required. But how well does it perform? The Tilted Twister can scan a Rubik’s Cube in just 1 minute and requires about 20-40 seconds in order to calculate a solution. After that it can solve a cube in 1-5 minutes with a maximum average of about 60 faceturns.

But to truly appreciate the Tilted Twister you have to see it in action and thankfully Hans has posted a YouTube video which I’ve included below. He was even kind enough to speed up the particularly tedious sections where the robot is manipulating the cube so you can see the process from start to finish.

[ Tilted Twister ] VIA [ GadgetGrid ]

Rubik’s Revolution

Rubik's Revolution (Image courtesy Techno Source) By Andrew Liszewski

The original Rubik’s Cube provided hours of sticker peeling fun, but after selling 300 million units since being introduced in the 80′s its creators decided it was time for an upgrade. While the new ‘Rubik’s Revolution’ doesn’t twist in segments like the original, each side can independently light up and the middle squares have been replaced with a glowing button.

The lights, in conjunction with sound and voice effects allow you to play one of six ‘core games’ including Light Speed, Rapid Recharge, Pattern Panic, Cube Catcher, Code Cracker and Multiplayer Madness. The games basically revolve around you rotating the cube in your hands, trying to push those middle buttons in a specific order, as quickly as possible. Unfortunately though the new cube seems to be rated as “Ideal for puzzle lovers from 5 to 105″ so if you’ve somehow managed to live to 106 you’re not part of the product’s targeted demographic.

The Rubik’s Revolution is available now with an MSRP of $19.99.

[ Rubik's Revolution ] VIA [ Gear Live ]