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February 5, 2009

The new Rubik's 360.

The new Rubik's 360.

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February 6, 2009 You might have thought Professor Erno Rubik, the creator of the Rubik’s cube, might have rested on his laurels (and the piles of money the puzzle surely earned him), but no. Erno has been busy churning out a variety of puzzles over the years, but none has captured the imagination of the world quite like his ubiquitous cube. He is hoping to change that with his latest creation the Rubik’s 360.

The name refers to the fact that the new device is spherical instead of cuboid and consists of a transparent plastic housing and two further internal plastic spheres - both independently suspended on a rotating axis - with six colored balls at its center. To solve the puzzle each of the colored balls must be steered through holes in the spheres and into their respective colored ‘home slot’ domes on the outside. This doesn’t sound like much of a ‘puzzle’ – more of a rattle – but we’re willing to reserve judgment until we can get our hands on the device. Rubik himself admits: “it’s a more kinetic challenge, more physical, because gravity is involved, so those expecting a brainteaser might be better served rifling through the bottom drawer for the original Rubik’s Cube.

The Rubik’s 360 is due to hit stores this July/August at the asking price of GBP 15.99.

Darren Quick

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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Great info - particularly the detail on the price as I have not seen this confirmed elsewhere. I've posted a couple of videos on my blog if your interested and am keeping track of the latest Rubik 360 news.

Facebook User
6th February, 2009 @ 10:09 am PST

Rubik never made piles of money from his original cube because he did not patent it! He never made a cent from the first Rubik Cube. That is why he has come up with other puzzles since then, to make up for his own stupidity.

mewzishen
7th March, 2009 @ 08:38 pm PST

@mewzishen - What gives you the idea he never made a cent from the Cube? He definitely patented it in the United States. Check out patent number 4,378,116 at http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm

Tim Hanlon
7th March, 2009 @ 11:05 pm PST
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