Rubik’s cube lamp

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Back in 2009 we saw a concept for a Rubik’s Cube lamp that can be made to change the color of its light by moving its faces around. The recently released official Rubik’s Cube lamp shines only white light, but you can actually rotate its faces and solve it if you want. “And that’s a big if,” said a billion forgotten Rubik’s Cubes stashed in drawers and attics all over the world.

The lamp has a battery that lasts up to 2 hours per charge so you can play it while it’s lit up. It also comes with a display stand that doubles as a USB charging dock.

This Rubik’s Cube-Like Device Will Help You Never Miss a Notification

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Sometimes, putting your phone on silent means you can easily miss a call, text, or other important message. Sure, there’s the vibrate function but even that’s easy to miss at times. LEDmeKnow aims to stop that problem by ensuring you can take a glance at it and know exactly who’s trying to reach you.

It’s a form of smart lightbox that offers up a series of squares, each representing a different person, group of people, type of contact, or app. Looking kind of like a Rubik’s Cube, it means you can take a glance at the lights and know exactly what’s going on. The device works for any app possible meaning there’s plenty of flexibility. Just think how it would help when tracking calls, emails, texts, Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook, and many more. It could be particularly handy after leaving your phone on silent overnight and wanting to check at a glance if you’ve missed anything.

Sometimes, putting your phone on silent means you can easily miss a call, text, or other important message. Sure, there’s the vibrate function but even that’s easy to miss at times. LEDmeKnow aims to stop that problem by ensuring you can take a glance at it and know exactly who’s trying to reach you.

It’s a form of smart lightbox that offers up a series of squares, each representing a different person, group of people, type of contact, or app. Looking kind of like a Rubik’s Cube, it means you can take a glance at the lights and know exactly what’s going on. The device works for any app possible meaning there’s plenty of flexibility. Just think how it would help when tracking calls, emails, texts, Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook, and many more. It could be particularly handy after leaving your phone on silent overnight and wanting to check at a glance if you’ve missed anything.

LEDmeKnow can display up to nine different events simultaneously, using Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Protocol to ensure it only needs to be charged once a month.

The device is currently available via a Kickstarter campaign. Pledges that involve receiving a LEDmeKnow start at $60 for one with two LEDmeKnows available for $115. The latter combination being ideal for both your home and workplace set up.

The Kickstarter campaign has until July 25 to run so get in there quickly.

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Rubik’s Cube will be dragged down the Hudson River

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A giant inflatable Rubik’s Cube will be tugged along the Hudson River Friday in honor of the popular and brutally challenging toy’s 40th anniversary.
The 20-by-20 foot cube is set to sail off Staten Island at 6 a.m. and pass by some of NYC’s most notable landmarks. Carried on a tugboat, the cube will pass the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building.
Puzzle enthusiasts can catch the cube at the waterfront promenade at Liberty State Park. It will arrive at the statue at 7 a.m., travel up the Hudson towards Hoboken’s Pier A and head back to Staten Island by 10.
The cube is an extension of the Liberty Science Center’s Rubik’s Cube exhibition, Beyond Rubik’s Cube, which has been on view at the Jersey City museum since April. The cube’s journey will also recognize the July 13 birthday of Erno Rubik, the toy’s creator.

The Best of Google Chrome Cube Lab’s Custom Rubik’s Cubes

20140610-232543.jpgIn honor of the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube, Google adorned its Doodle space with an interactive version of the insanity-inducing puzzle. The toy that has frustrated millions over the last four decades was created by Erno Rubik, a Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor, in 1974. It took him several weeks to solve his own cube, so don’t get too frustrated with the Doodle if you get stuck.

In addition to adding the Cube to their front page, Google launched the Chrome Cube Lab. The Cube Lab is a space in which developers can create their own custom Cubes, and users can attempt to solve them. To make the Cubes, Google combined these tech superpowers:

Chrome, complete with Javascript engine, allows the Cube to be twisted on any device.
HTML5 & CSS3 allows the style to appear 3D and help make the Cube motions fluid.
Three.js allows the cube to be rendered in real time. This is the part that actually lets the Cube be constructed and rotated across three axes.
Google Web Fonts actually created a new font for the Cubes, called Rubik, of course. It is brand new and open-source.
Google Cloud is where the Cube Lab lives, in the Google App Engine. It hosts the entire experience.