A new Rubik’s Cube

My childhood icon, the Rubik’s Cube has returned in a new form, and I am not happy.

The new version is a solid box with lights – and rather than twisting the cube around, you swipe your finger over the block and that simulates the rotation of the segments.

Rubik's TouchCube

What a pointless idea!

While both products have the same puzzle to solve – the original is more tactile and somehow alive. The new version sounds like a problem looking for a solution, or just an attempt to jump on the touch-screen mania launched by the Apple iPhone last year.

I will not be buying one, and in fact I shall wander over to eBay and buy an original in protest.

A short Quicktime video of the new product.

One thought on “A new Rubik’s Cube

  1. rubiks cube was the one tactile puzzle my father couldn’t solve. he worked on it for a few days (much longer than is usual for him)& then got annoyed. so he took it apart & glued it back together in the solved formation :)

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