Friday, January 30, 2009

3oth Anniversary of Rubik's Cube and a great iPhone App!

Thirty years ago today Erno Rubik a Hungarian interior design professor filed for a patent on the famous puzzle. To date more than 300 million cubes have been sold to the frustration of most who purchased the enigmatic toy.

With a possible 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different possible permutations of the classic cube — enough to cover the planet with 273 layers of cubes, each with a unique arrangement of colors - it is amazing to me that ANYONE was ever able to solve it, but they did. For those of us who are hopelessly inept at such stuff, there is an amazing and delightfully brilliant new iPhone application that solves your cube in 20 moves or less by just using photographs of each of the six sides. Truly amazing:

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