Google Challenges You to Solve Animated Rubik's Cube Puzzle

Google Challenges You to Solve Animated Rubik's Cube Puzzle

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The latest Google Doodle celebrates the 40th anniversary of Ernő Rubik's puzzle, the Rubik's Cube.

Google created an interactive animation of a Rubik's Cube on its home page. The doodle celebrates the 40th anniversary of the iconic puzzle created by Ernő Rubik.

By clicking the cube and dragging it in a direction, you can twist the animated cube or rotate the whole cube. Google keeps track of how many moves you've made, so you can brag to your friends and family not only how much time it took you to solve the puzzle but also how many moves you made. Unfortunately, the controls make the puzzle a little more unwieldy than it is when the physical object is in your hands. The current record for solving a Rubik's Cube is 5.55 seconds.

For puzzle enthusiasts, Google has created the Chrome Cube Lab, where people can create and play with various Rubik's Cube puzzles. Ernő Rubik invites people to try solving puzzles on the internet.

"The Cube was born in 1974 as a teaching tool to help me and my students better understand space and 3D," Rubik wrote. "I can't wait to see people learn about three-dimensional objects through their browsers and to test the limits of what is possible when the Cube gets re-jigged using cutting edge web technologies. Cube on!"

The various web technologies are listed on Chrome Cube Lab, including the engine that constructed the 3D cube for rendering and manipulation in browsers.

How many moves does it take you to solve today's Google Doodle?

Source: Google

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I played with this earlier today - the controls were awkward at first, but once I got used to them and after a few tries I managed to get it in 2:12 with 107 moves. Not exactly speedcube level, but whatever :P

It's also interesting to note that the cube itself isn't actually randomised - you get the same mix each time. Might just be because of time constraints, but I wouldn't put it past them to have woven some kind of significant pattern into it.

I think the window that controls the cube needs to be much larger, like 2 or 3 inches more on each side.

I did it in half a fucking hour and hearly 300 moves ... I only use the beginner method and half of the turns were by accident, I only learned near the end you can just click it (I was dragging it, so it would spin too far or not at all)

*sigh* Google, stop wasting time on shit like this and just fix YouTube already...

112 moves and 3:30 minutes, it tends to over spin it too often, but not terrible for a browser based cube.

5:55 seconds!? WOAH, THAT KID'S FINGERS ARE GOING WILD! Someone call the X-Men, they obviously missed this one.

Valderis:
*sigh* Google, stop wasting time on shit like this and just fix YouTube already...

What's wrong with Youtube? I'm genuinely curious btw. It plays videos just fine for me...

I can't even solve a regular Rubix cube.. I've had mine sitting my computer desk for about 5 years now with 2 sides solved.. i got better things to do anyways.

It doesn't show up for me. I just get regular Google.

 

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