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Rubik’s Cube Goes Smart, Tracks Every Twist & Lets You Square Off With Others
By Izza Sofia, 12 Aug 2018
The traditional Rubik’s Cube has undergone an reinvention by an Israel-based startup.
The Rubik’s Cube, which has sold over 350 million pieces since it was released in Budapest in the 1970s, has long been popular with the masses.
The startup company called Particula has launched the ‘GoCube’, what is dubbed the “FitBit for cubers,” in a twist to the traditional toy--through the infusion of technology to bring the games of old into the 21st century.
The ‘GoCube’ still carries the traditional six sided cube with 9 smaller cubes featured on each side. But unlike the traditional cube with its analog design, the ‘GoCube’ tracks every single twist you make and interfaces your game with your smartphone.
For Uri Dor, the founder of Particula, it was not about changing the traditional game, but rather tweaking the engineering of the traditional cube which prompted the creation of the ‘GoCube’. The company has already gathered support among followers on Kickstarter, gaining US$800,000 in funding in spite of only asking for US$25,000.
‘GoCube’ was created on the premise of being able to compete with your friends, much like modern games on your smartphone. Dor was looking to the Rubik’s Cube equivalent of games such as ‘Words With Friends’ on his smartphone, but simply could not find any.
The ‘GoCube’ is equipped with an internal LED to indicate when the cube is connected to a phone or when your friends are seeking a challenge from you.
Although this smart product is unlikely to win over old-school fans, some may be enthralled by the added features to the toy. The ‘GoCube’ can be ordered on Kickstarter and will cost US$69 to preorder and US$119 in stores.
Scroll down for a preview of the gameplay.
[via Fast Company, images via Kickstarter]
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