Ernö Rubik is known all over the world for one of his first puzzles – the Rubik’s cube. However, few people know that the inventor to this day actively runs his own studio, which, among other things, is engaged in the design of fascinating mechanical puzzles for children and adults.
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Ernö Rubik was born in 1944 in Budapest in the family of an engineer, followed in his father’s footsteps and received a good education at the local polytechnic. Without stopping his studies, he graduated from graduate school in sculpture and interior design, received the title of associate professor. In 1975, a patent was filed for a three-dimensional mechanical puzzle “Rubik’s Cube”, and its author was seriously carried away by such ideas and began working as editor-in-chief of a magazine dedicated to puzzles.
In 1983 Rubik opened his own studio, which develops original furniture, interior elements, and toys. In parallel with this, Rubik provides grants for inventions to young Hungarian engineers and buys out patents for interesting ideas abroad.
Ernö Rubik is currently involved in the development of video games, writes articles on architecture and heads the Rubik studio.
Below we will look at some of the famous works of Rubik and his studio, as well as the puzzles based on them.
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Classic Rubik’s Cube
The standard Rubik’s cube 3 × 3 has 54 visible colored squares and 88 580 102 706 155 225 088 000 variants of the arrangement of elements. Fans of this puzzle around the world also practice “speedcubing” – a high-speed Rubik’s cube assembly, which is used for international competitions of a serious scale. To date, a lot of official records have been set for solving the Rubik’s cube in the classical style, under water, with blindfolds, legs, etc. In addition, there are tons of alternative Rubik’s cube puzzles.
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Rubik’s cube for beginners
Solving a Rubik’s cube without peeping at the solution and ready-made formulas on the Internet is quite difficult, especially for a child. Therefore, a very popular analogue is the 2 × 2 cube, which can be solved in a maximum of 11 moves.
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Rubik’s cube for “maniacs”
If the assembly of a regular Rubik’s cube does not cause you any difficulties, then try to assemble the Petaminx dodecahedron with sides 9 × 9. Well, if you want to do the assembly seriously and for a long time, then there are 17 × 17 cube options on sale, the number of combinations in which tends to infinity.
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Buy Rubik’s cube with sides 4 × 4, 5 × 5, 6 × 6, 7 × 7, 8 × 8, 9 × 9, 10 × 10, 11 × 11, 12 × 12
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Rubik’s cube keychain and stash
A true Rubik’s cube lover is ready to collect the puzzle anywhere at any time, if possible. In this case, a smaller version of the toy can be hung on a bunch of keys as a keychain.
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Another toy produced by Rubik’s studio, which every child of the late USSR saw or held in his hands. There is no puzzle and the final goal as such, you can add any two- and three-dimensional shapes at will (you can add more than a hundred different shapes), while developing spatial thinking.
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A relatively recent Rubik’s invention, presented to the general public in winter 2009 in London. It is a sphere with six colored balls inside and, accordingly, six notches on the circumference. The goal is to place all the balls in the grooves by passing them through the holes inside.
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A very complex puzzle, the rights to which were bought by Rubik’s studio from Christopher Wiggs and Taylor. Rubik’s watches have 18 dials with one hand, some of which are synchronized with each other. In addition, there are four buttons that also determine the synchronization of the movement of the hands on adjacent dials. The player’s goal is to use the wheels and buttons to set the hands to the 12 o’clock position on all dials, in total the puzzle can have 1 283 918 464 548 864 positions.
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