Our editors have compiled a list of the “Top 5 Strangest Rubik’s Cube Projects” for your enjoyment. Which ones are your favorites?
5. Magnetic Acrylic Rubik’s Cube
To make your own “Magnetic Acrylic Rubik’s Cube”, you’ll need twenty seven 3/4-inch clear acrylic cubes — drilled with 108 3/16-inch holes and fitted with 108 D32 neodymium disc magnets — and put together to resemble its real counterpart.
“It’s exactly the same size as an official one, too, but you can make it do many more things, pulling pieces apart, connecting them in new ways, finding weird ways things pivot, and playing with the flexibility of the magnetic connections.”
4. LEGO Rubik’s Cube
It’s time for our daily strange LEGO creation, check out this nifty Rubik’s Cube — built with a ratio of five bricks to six studs for a genuine cube structure. Video here.
The cube consists of 12 edge pieces, 8 corner pieces and one central piece. All of these have to be interlocking, yet still be able to rotate about any axis at any time in any direction
3. Rubik’s Mario Mosaic
Gary Fixler created this incredible Mario Mosaic using only Rubik’s cubes. Now that’s what I call video game art.
Each cube started out solved, and he made the necessary spins to fill out Mario. One word: wow.
2. Rubik’s Cube Music Maker
“Cubed” is basically a project that transforms a normal Rubik’s Cube into an interactive instrument.
Each face on the cube is a separate instrument, and the colors represent the notes on that instrument. The speeds of each instrument/face, as well as their volume are based on how you position the cube. Each face is played in a loop, just like any other basic electronic music sequencer, and by manipulating the cube you manipulate the sequencer
1. Touch Rubik’s Cube
The Touch Rubik’s Cube puts a new twist on the classic puzzle game. It uses six different materials: metal, wood, textile, stone, rubber, and plastic, engaging users to use their senses. This also enables blind persons to enjoy the wonders of a Rubik’s cube. [Source]
Honorable Mention – Rubik’s Cube Solving Robot
Since we’ve featured this project recently, our editors have decided to give the other projects a chance — which explains the honorable mention instead of an actual ranking. Just a quick refresher, University of Michigan students Doug Li, Jeff Loevell, and Mike Zajac created this strange yet fascinating “Rubik’s Cube Solver” robot for their final project — it does the job to say the least, and quite well (54 seconds). [Source]