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article imageVideo: Entire building turns into an interactive Rubik's Cube

By Anne Sewell     Dec 6, 2013 in Technology
Linz - A Spanish artist and designer has come up with what is probably the best interactive façade ever created. Now passersby can have a go at solving a larger-than-life Rubik's Cube in Linz, Austria.
Dubbed Puzzle Façade, the invention is a 3D-printed interface cube which is connected to a digital wall by Bluetooth.
Javier Lloret has created a handheld cube, comprising 3D-printed exterior pieces (you know, the normal Rubik's Cube twistable bits) and having a digital core connected wirelessly to a laptop. The laptop then runs the Puzzle Façade designed software and controls the projection on to the building, to spectacular effect.
The design was part of Lloret's thesis project of the Interface Culture master program at the Universität für Künstlerische und Industrielle Gestaltung Linz, Austria.
Lloret found the perfect location — the Ars Electronica building in Linz, Austria. Cube-shaped, it lends itself perfectly to the concept, but the only drawback, of course, is that the player can only see maximum two sides of the cube at any time as they work through the puzzle.
However, the player can flip the cube to feature different sides of the puzzle on the visible portion of the digital wall.
As the player twists and turns the physical cube, in normal style, the LED lights then transform accordingly. What makes it a little difficult for a Rubik's Cube expert is that the actual cube is plain white. Very difficult to use your memorized puzzle-breaking pattern here, but great fun indeed.
Puzzle Facade software turns an entire building into a Rubik s Cube.
Puzzle Facade software turns an entire building into a Rubik's Cube.
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