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Rubik’s Brain Cube

Posted in Toys by Reuben Drake on February 18th, 2011

Nothing challenges your brain like a Rubik’s cube puzzle. Matching the colors on each side can be both frustrating and rewarding when you finally do it. Making it all one color would be harder. Say, a brainy pink. Then add some actual brain details and this becomes an extra challenging puzzle.

Not only would this be hard, but you are constantly reminded of your brain, which is struggling. This design comes from Jason Freeny. It may be the grossest puzzle ever. Hopefully the texture isn’t all squishy and wet. Great puzzle for mad scientists.

125-piece metal puzzle can be put together to make a working gun

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2010

Puzzles can be fun. They can be frustrating. They can flex your brain muscles. And now they can be deadly. This might look like a simple 3D metal puzzle, but it holds a deadly secret: if you put some of its pieces together in the proper way, it will turn into a real working gun.

That’s right. If you take about 20 of the pieces in this 125-piece puzzle and put them together in the right way, you will have a fully-functional .45 caliber handgun with a single shot. We can only assume that this would be great for assassins.

Superplexus ultimate 3D puzzle drives me crazy just looking at it

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2010

If you’re looking for a puzzle game that makes Rubik’s cube seem easy, this is for you brainiac. The Superplexus is a 36 inch diameter sphere that holds a 300 foot long maze track around which you have to guide a wooden marble.

Sure that sounds like fun, but you can imagine the frustration. The first frustration will be the price. $30,000. The true puzzle here is how you will come up with the money and why you would want to spend thirty grand on this thing.

Rubik’s Slide will have you twisting and sliding the night away

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on January 28th, 2010

Hot on the heels of the Rubik’s Cube 30th birthday box set, comes this new puzzler from the company. The Rubik’s Slide will likely frustrate you in all sorts of ways. The makers claim that there are more than 10,000 puzzles on this.

It’s your job to slide and twist to move a series of squares (up to nine) to match a pre-determined pattern that is displayed at the start. The further you go, the more tiles will be introduced. That sounds simple, but it never is with these puzzles. I would need to save my progress like in a video game, but somehow I doubt that’s possible.

Bram’s Cube is harder than Rubik’s Cube

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2009

Bram's Cube is harder than Rubik's CubeAlright all you eggheads who can solve a Rubik’s Cube in like ten seconds. Here’s a harder challenge. Meet Bram’s Cube, created by the creator of BitTorrent, Bram Cohen. It offers more of a challenge by incorporating gears into the design.

It’s a two by two Rubik’s Cube, which seems like an easy puzzle to beat, but the gears add another layer of difficulty that is sure to be frustrating. I wouldn’t even know where to start with this thing. Sure you can align the blocks, but then the gears are all out of whack.

Rubik’s TouchCube debuts on QVC this weekend

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2009

Rubik's TouchCube: The first touchscreen Rubik's CubeRemember that Rubik’s Touchcube that we told you about back in February? Looks like QVC has it first, so if you want to be the first on your block to get one, you better watch.

The touch sensitive, swipe-controlled cube will be available to buy on the Christmas in July segment this weekend. Instead of turning the segments, just swipe a finger in a straight line or an ‘L’ shape. There’s even an accelerometer built into the cube so that only the upwards-facing surfaces respond to your touch.

Rubik’s Cube 360 goes on sale next week

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2009

Rubik's Cube 360 goes on sale next weekRubik’s cube took the world by storm a few decades back. The man behind the cube is now ready to let another creation loose upon the world in the form of the spherical 360. Yes, he has gone as far as possible with cube puzzle technology and has now moved onto a round puzzle.

It’s a see-through sphere with domes on the outside. Within the main structure, there are two more spheres, with balls in the center. The colors of the balls match the little domes. You can already see how this thing will drive you nuts.

Rubiks Cube card reader

Posted in Card Readers by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2009

Rubiks Cube card readerOur fascination with the Rubik’s Cube seems never ending. It still entertains and frustrates us. The Rubiks cube probably inspired this awesome USB 270° x 270° Rubik Card Reader. Call it a hunch.

It sports the cube form factor of a Rubik’s Cube, but without the familiar color scheme. The idea is that you can twist all three levels so that you always have room to plug in all your memory cards. It also features a blue LED as a status indicator.

Petaminx Dodecahedral puzzle will drive you insane

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2009

Petaminx Dodecahedral puzzleYou know those geniuses that can solve a Rubiks cube in like 20 seconds? This puzzle would drive even them insane. The Petaminx is a handmade puzzle by puzzle maker Jason Smith. It sort of resembles the Rubik’s cube.

It just happens to have twice as many sides and many more pieces to align. In all there are 975 parts and 1,212 stickers. It took mere 75 hours to build and that included the molding process and the placing each of those stickers by hand. Check out a video of this amazing puzzle below.

Rubik’s TouchCube: The first touchscreen Rubik’s Cube

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 10th, 2009

Rubik’s TouchCube: The first touchscreen Rubik’s CubeThe Rubik’s cube is more popular then ever. It’s getting a spherical update, it’s also a lamp and it makes a great alarm clock too. So this touchscreen Rubik’s cube makes perfect sense.

Plus, if any toy/puzzle needed a touchscreen, it’s the Rubik’s cube. It’s a natural progression. Obviously the TouchCube works just like the old version, but instead of turning it’s segments, just swipe a finger in a straight line or an ‘L’ shape. There’s even an accelerometer built in so that only the upwards-facing surfaces respond to your touch. How awesome is that?

Rubik’s Cube gets spherical update

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2009

Rubik’s Cube gets spherical updateRubik’s 360 is not an Xbox 360 title. It’s the next version of the popular cube puzzle that is a sphere. The device is about to be officially unveiled in Germany this week at a national toy show. As you might imagine nerds the world over are enthusiastic about laying their hands on it.

The gadget has six balls trapped inside transparent plastic spheres. To solve it, you have to figure out how to get the internal balls “from an inner sphere into matching slots on the outer sphere by shaking them through a middle sphere that has only two holes.”

Rubik’s Cube lamp is a puzzling light source

Posted in Lamps by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

Rubik’s Cube lamp is a puzzling light sourceThe frustrating 80s puzzle we all grew up on makes for a cool light source. The Rubik’s Cube Light lamp by Eric Pautz is yet another variation on the popular cube. What’s cool about this one is that the light shines through and creates many colorful patterns.

If you already have the Rubiks cube alarm clock, you’d be remiss if this lamp doesn’t turn your eye. The gadget is available in two versions, color and transparent. The colored version reflects the colors that make the puzzle so popular and can display it scrambled and unscrambled. For a minimalist approach, there’s a transparent cube, which gives off a clear white light.

Official Rubik’s Cube speed cubing kit

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2008

Rubik’s Cube speed cubing kit
The current world record stands at 9.18 seconds. Think you’re geek enough to beat that? That’s no easy task, Poindexter. But if you really want it and you are willing to train like a Nerd Rocky Balboa, this new kit can help.

The official Rubik’s Speed Cubing Kit has some completely legal tricks to help you out. (legal as defined by world record standards.) The kit includes a bottle of lubricant, not so much for if you get yourself all excited, but more to help reduce the friction on the moving parts. It also includes a few screwdrivers for loosening the joints. You even get a manual on how to become a professional cuber, but it’s in Japanese. It’s going to take the eye of the tiger, but you can do it. You can win Rock…