The Rubik’s Cube, which started to become popular in the 80s, will be getting an upgrade: it will have a Bluetooth connection.
Given the name “GoCube“, the classic toy transforms into a smartly connected cube that promises to open up stimulating new play experiences and features for all players.
Evolution of the Rubik’s Cube
The Rubik’s Cube, which is originally called the “Magic Cube”, is a 3D combination puzzle invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik and was licensed to be sold by Ideal Toy Corporation. It is a puzzle that can often be daunting for new players.
On each side of the classic Rubik’s Cube, there are usually nine boxes, with each side having a different color. There are six solid colors used for the classic Rubik’s cube: white, red, blue, green, orange, and yellow.
By 2009, over 300 million cubes had been sold worldwide, which makes it the world’s top-selling puzzle game. Undeniably, it is globally known as the world’s bestselling toy.
Although over the years, similar puzzles have been produced with various numbers of sides, dimensions, and colors, not all of them are by Rubik.
Rubik’s Cube is still known and widely used today, even though it already reached its height of mainstream popularity back in the 80s. Many speedcubers still continue to practice it and compete for the fastest times in different categories.
The World Cube Association, the Rubik’s Cube international central body, organizes competitions worldwide and kept the official world records.
Creation of the GoCube
In May 2016, the idea for GoCube was born. After a few months of tinkering, technological solutions came together and a group of experts started working on wired prototypes. By November 2016, the first prototype was ready.
In April of last year, the second prototype was made fully functional. The company also started working on the mobile app’s design and functionality.
A few months later, the third prototype, a modernized GoCube design, was ready. The first Mini games were also added to the mobile application.
In February this year, fully functional prototypes and the first demo online battle was a success. And just recently, Kickstarter launched their first campaign of the GoCube.
GoCube, Rubik’s Cube for Serious Players
The GoCube works in a couple of different fundamental ways. One such way is providing a more accessible entry point into the world of Rubik’s Cube, keeping track of your cube solving through a virtual re-creation on your mobile device, which allows you to examine your moves, progress, statistics, and even gain access to step-by-step tutorials. GoCube also implemented mechanisms that enable its movements to be fast and smooth.
In addition, it also turns the experience into a multiplayer game by opening up features like online battles, shared leaderboards, live competitions, and more. All these features make the GoCube as anyone’s go-to cube, regardless of their experience, whether one is a seasoned veteran or a fresh-faced newbie with the Rubik’s Cube.
GoCube definitely does take cubing to the next level. According to its creator, Udi Dor, “GoCube doesn’t change the basic game; it improves and modernizes the overall experience, making it modern, accessible, intuitive, measurable, and most importantly, globally connected and socialized.”