What is a Rubik's Cube

Here at Kewbz UK we sell various types and styles or Rubik’s Cubes and other similar mind-boggling puzzles, but with Rubik’s Cubes being huge in the 1980’s and recently coming back into fashion as the latest trend you would be forgiven for not knowing what a Rubik’s Cube is, so that is what we are going to help you understand in this blog post;

So let us start with the very basics, the original Rubik’s cube is a cube that has edges of 56mm in length, the twisty puzzle cube consists of 26 smaller cubes (6 center pieces, 8 corner pieces and 12 edge pieces); on each of the six sides of the Rubik’s cube there are 9 cubes in a 3x3 layout. The colours on the Rubik’s cube are yellow, red, green, blue, white and orange on a black plastic moulded base, at least this is the original design.

Now you know what a Rubik’s cube looks like, but where did it come from?

The Rubik’s cube was created by Erno Rubik in 1974. Erno Rubik was a young Professor of Architecture in Budapest and created the Magic Cube, as it was originally known, which he wanted to use as a way to explain three dimensional geometry; the Rubik’s cube, as it became known in 1980, was never designed to be a toy – let alone the world’s best selling toy ever, joining a handful of toys that have lasted more than a generation.

With the six coloured sides of the Rubik’s cube, 26 pieces and what seems to be 54 individual squares there is a total of 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible configurations. In fact it took Erno Rubik, the creator himself, well over one month to work out the solution for his own creation.

The Rubik’s cube may have dropped from its original popularity in the 1980’s but is still a popular toy now amongst those that love to work their brains. The popularity of the Rubik’s cube grew recently when a robot made from LEGO and a smartphone, known as The CubeStormer 3 broke the Guiness World Record for solving the Rubik’s cube puzzle in 3.243 seconds (Which was broken last year by a robot solving the puzzle in just 0.9 seconds - Watch the video here). Meanwhile the fastest human record is 4.73 seconds, by Feliks Zemdegs from Australia, as set in 2016 (watch the video here).

The team here at Kewbz UK feel that the real beauty of the Rubik’s cube is that when you look at a scrambled one you know what you need to do with no instruction, however without any instruction it can prove near on impossible to solve. Like other handheld and brain challenging puzzles, this is one of the most infuriating and engaging inventions that has ever been created – and that is why we love it.

 

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