It seems that almost every year there is a new Rubik’s Cube. For 2009, this means the TouchCube which features touch sensor technology, a motion-detecting accelerometer and colored lights. Touching the cube will change its colors, and you can get a hint or full solve with its built-in solver. Shown at the recent NY Toy Fair, the cube is set to come out later this year with a $150.00 price. Sign up for details on their new site or grab your old one and save the bucks.
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The new Rubik’s cube may look simple without the colors, but the Mirror Block has 9 different sizes of blocks on each face. Solve it with different patterns and it will turn it into an irregular shape. Those who can do the original cube at breakneck speed will jump at the change to challenge themselves with the new puzzle for ~$20.00, while those who still have yet to master it might want to hold off until your more talented friends are done and will lend you one.
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We remember going to Legoland a few years back and noticed that adults played with the blocks as much as the kidlets. (They are placed at the various restaurants in the park.) We are amazed at all of the genuine artists that continue to work with Legos and Rubik’s Cubes to make creations. Check out this collection that is incredibly impressive. Designs vary from the Rubik’s puzzle to Zach Clapsadle’s amazing LEGO Steam Machines.
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As we know by now, Rubik’s Cube devotees actually compete to see who is the fastest. Want to up your game and join the ranks of a speed cuber? MegaHouse’s kit comes with a cube, screwdrivers to dissect it and make it respond quicker, lubricant, and a manual on how you can achieve your goal. And you thought the competitors were just nimble-fingered. Although the instructions are in Japanese, we figure there must be illustrations. The Speed Cubing Kit is available for 2,625 Yen (~$26.00>.)
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Although Yy Nakajima was crowned the World Champ when he solved the Rubik’s Cube in about 12 seconds, Cube-Kun is even faster. Designed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and standing about 2 meters tall, the robot spends only a second or two figuring out the puzzle. When given a cube, his sensors determine the current position of each square while you watch his permutations on his flat panel display head. Cube-Kun will be on display at Tokyo’s TEPIA plaza next month. We wonder if he will move on to bigger and better things to do with his time, say, solve global warming?
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Erno has finally found something more creative to do with his time, or at least his parent company has. Techno Source’s Rubik’s Revolution was unveiled at the recent Toy Wishes Holiday Preview in New York. The cube plays 6 different electronic games with successive levels while displaying lights and sound effects. It is also has multiplayer capability. Available for $19.99, we foretell that it will create a whole new generation of Rubik’s addicts with celebs like Snoop Dogg promoting it.
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Japan’s Yu Nakajima has become the 2007 Rubik’s Cube World Champ. The sixteen year-old managed to solve the classic 3 x 3-inch puzzle with an average time of 12.46 seconds after five attempts. His speed earned him the top award of $7,000. Over 250 contestants from 33 different countries took part in the event in Hungary, where the game was invented in 1974. Other competitors manipulated the cube with one hand, blindfolded, and with their feet, on 3, 4, and 5-inch sized puzzles. Our only question is, who has enough time to sit around and play with Erno’s invention with his/her feet?
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We’re betting many of you are looking at the image and headline of this story, smacking your head and saying, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”. Yes, it’s Sudokube, a combo of two of the most popular puzzles of the modern era: Rubik’s Cube and Sudoku. For the unfamiliar, Sudokube is basically a Rubik’s Cube, but with numbers. Instead of matching colors, you align the numbers from 1-9 on each side. As with Sudoku, we’re betting it’s a lot harder than it sounds, but tons of fun. Sudokube measures 2.16 x 2.16” and is available for just under $10 USD.