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computer reliant rubik cube variations:

variant one: Movie Cube

create a rubik cube program where each face is a different looping quicktime movie, either "set" or customizable by the user.

variant two: Musical Cube

create a rubik cube program where all the colors are exactly the same (or neutral), but each square is a different musical note. From that, you could create a few different identify/solve methods:

  • every time you make a move or rotate the cube, the cube plays the nine tones in order from upper left to lower right one after the other in rapid-fire. a side is solved when all nine squares are the same note.
  • same as the first, but as opposed to the same note, it's a particular kind of chord.
  • same as the first, except that the notes would play simultaneously as opposed to rapidly one after the other.


i thought about making the 15-number slide puzzle thingy as a musical thing too, where each square represents a note and you click on a square and plays the note back to you and you have to make a two octave scale or something.

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Aug. 10th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
It seems like you missed an obvious option of "All the faces together play a specific melody."
Aug. 12th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
whoa. i think the "neutral-colored" option would be crazy. talk about throwing the spacial memory for a loop. i think my visually-oriented brain might overload.

i do like the "chord" option though. then maybe you could have multiple solutions depending on the chord quality(ies) you're attempting to line up. not sure if that's possible, i pretty much suck at rubik cube type thingies, but it'd be pretty sweet.
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Aug. 12th, 2007 07:39 am (UTC)

i'll totally fund it if you can figure out how to make it. we could make some serious bank. :)
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Aug. 13th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
oh, i understand conceptually what would need to happen to make it happen, i just don't have the technical knowhow with electronics to actually, say, solder all the stuff together, or the assembler to figure out how to program how and when it will make sound or whatever.

i'd definitely have it run off of one single battery.

i didn't think about the musical cube one being purely physical sound versus electronic sound. sounds like it would be too many moving parts that would need maintenance.
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