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- Warning: To be used under the direct supervision of an adult
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- TouchCube is the first completely electronic, solvable Rubik's Cube
- Lights in every square simulate turning just like the original cube, using cutting edge, easy-to-use touch sensor technology
- Effortlessly slide the lightened squares with your fingers from any side or direction
- Can give you a hint or solve the entire puzzle step by step
- Cool room décor--the colours pulsate, fade and change while the TouchCube recharges in its stand
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The Rubik’s TouchCube seamlessly blends cutting edge technology with the world’s #1 puzzle to create the first completely electronic, solvable Rubik’s Cube!
The Rubik’s TouchCube features touch sensor technology on all 6 sides and lights in every square; slide the lights with a simple swipe of your finger to mimic the moves of the original Rubik’s Cube. To eliminate false inputs or moves, the Rubik’s TouchCube uses a motion-detecting accelerometer to determine which side is facing up and active. The Rubik’s TouchCube also includes a built-in solver, so now anyone can easily learn how to solve the Cube step by step.
Interface: The 3” x 3” x 3” cube has six sides that each includes 9 touch sensitive squares, each with three LEDs that light simultaneously to produce one of the 6 Rubik’s colours. When the player slides his or her finger across 3 squares in a vertical line, horizontal line, or an L-shape near a corner, it will cause the lights to slide around the Rubik’s TouchCube to mimic the 6 different twisting directions of the original Rubik’s Cube. An accelerometer is used to activate the side facing up only, which stops your fingers from making swipes by mistake.
Game Features/Modes: Activated by ‘double clicking’ the centre square on each side, which is each assigned a mode. Includes Hint, Solve, Scramble, Undo, Sound Control, and On/Off Modes.
In-game Memory: The Cube remembers your exact spot in the current puzzle even if the Cube is turned off and on again.
Batteries: Internal rechargeable Ni-Cd batteries are charged when the TouchCube is placed in its display stand. The Rubik’s TouchCube will alert the player when the batteries are low and fall asleep after being idle for 1 minute.
Top Customer Reviews
The TouchCube is pretty much exactly what you'd expect - A Rubik's Cube that is entirely touchscreen based.
It sounds like a nightmare, but they developers were smart enough to install some kind of clever gyro system into the toy, so it always knows which way is up. Only the top facing squares respond to any input, so you can hold the thing and don't have to worry about accidentally performing a move.
If you DO happen to make a mistake though, you can double tap a button and it'll return to the previous position. The cube actually remembers every move you make, and can go backwards through every step should you want to start from a number of turns back.
There are a number of controls here. The "undo" we've covered. There's also a "?" hint button that shows you the next logical move. There's a scramble button to reset the puzzle. There's even a button that has the cube solve itself, without cheating. And it will show you every move it makes in sequence.
Obviously, only being able to interact with the up facing square means you'll be spinning the whole cube around in your hands a lot more than you would if this were a classic cube. You could argue that this makes solving the thing even harder.
The TouchCube charges from the mains, and when it's on the charge stand it puts on a pretty nifty display, solving and scrambling itself for 15 minutes at a time. Think of it as a swanky, new-age Lava Lamp. The initial charge takes around 8 hours but after that it retains the charge for a good amount of time. When you switch it off, it remembers your last position too.Read more ›
Its solidly built and the coloured lights are bright in all but direct sunlight.
It basically does what it says on the tin, with scramble, solve, hint, undo features, as well as being able to set the sound level emitted as the faces are "turned", and the volume of the TaDaaa sound when you complete the cube.
Its not possible to "turn" the layers quickly as with a manual rubik's cube, as it will occasionally miss your move if you're not reasonably deliberate in your finger movements, so you won't be setting any speed records (about 1 "turn" per 1.5 seconds at best) but you can do all the same moves. There's even a nice diagonal move between two edge squares on the top face that will rotate that face only.
On the minus side I've found its battery life to be limited to around 1 hour before it requires being placed upon its triangular stand to be recharged from the mains adaptor. It flashes red when getting low on power, giving you about 2 minutes worth of moves before it switches off!
The adaptor itself is a little fiddly as its light stays red to indicate charging until you nudge the cube a little, at which point it goes green to indicate charged! As such I can't say how long it takes to recharge, other than around 2 hours.
It can be quite irritating also as it can be placed on its stand and appear to be re-charging but not be at exactly the right angle. I nearly sent it back as being faulty before I experimented by placing the cube at slightly different angles on its stand!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's so nice and kook,it's fun and smart,a nice adult toy for the big kid,lovely size to hold and play.Published on 18 April 2013 by bev Farnish