I don’t think there are many people on planet Earth who are unfamiliar with the concept of the Rubik’s Cube, which is a 3D combination puzzle that was originally invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik.
The cube itself is a masterpiece of mechanical engineering. Prior to its release, I think that, if they had been given a description of what was required, many (if not most) engineers would have said it was impossible. I know I said this even after I had one of these little beauties in my hands.
I’m sure that, like me, Ernő has been amazed by all the cube-based activity that has taken place since this little beauty was first released into the wild, like the kid who solves three cubes while juggling them or the robots that can solve them in a fraction of a second.
Then there was the guy who created a cube that could solve itself. Well, I just read a column on MAKE where this guy takes things one step further by having the cube levitate while it performs its magic.
Videos of all the above are shown below, along with a bonus video that reminded me to take the time to slow down and smell the coffee, roses, freshly poured concrete, or whatever it is that floats your boat, as it were. Enjoy!!!
Are you as amazed by these videos as me? Which is your favorite? And do you have any links to similar videos that you would care to share with the rest of us?