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Gigantic 17 x 17 x 17 Rubik’s Cube is crazy

Posted in Toys by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2011

If you have trouble solving the original Rubik’s cube, you will have no hope of solving this one. Shapeway’s huge 17 x 17 x 17 Rubik’s Cube boggles my mind just looking at it. Designer Oskar van Deventer’s massive 17 x 17 x 17 Rubik’s Cube is now a reality.

Deventer has successfully used a 3D printer to bring his puzzle to life. It has over 1539 individual pieces and took over 15 hours in total to create. He will be presenting his world record shattering Rubik’s Cube next month in New York City. I wonder how long it will take the most skilled people to solve it.

Rubik’s Cube celebrates 30th birthday with special box set for education

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on January 26th, 2010

If you were old enough to remember the 80′s you certainly recall the Rubik’s Cube. The cube has all those squares and stickers and I turned one until it fell apart once and never was able to finish it. I always changed the stickers around.

The Rubik’s Cube has now turned 30 and to celebrate the maker of the game cube is offering a box set of the things for the classroom. The kit includes 12 Rubik’s cubes, 12 solution guides, a DVD, cube sign-out sheets, posters, stickers, and award certificates for the classroom or educational programs.

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 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 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.”

Rubiks Cube alarm clock is retro cool

Posted in Clocks by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

Rubiks Cube alarm clock is retro cool
This clock looks awesome and it reminds you of the 80′s immediately and the fact that you couldn’t solve this thing to save your life. Have no fear, this one will be easy to solve since only the top row twists to switch between time, temperature, alarm and date modes.

It’s also very affordable at $24.98. Just think, now when you wake up, if you are out of it enough you might think it’s the 80′s again, just for a second or two. Just thank your lucky stars that it doesn’t require you to fully solve it in order to shut it off. If that were the case, it would have to hit the wall very hard one morning.