There have been many toys in the past that have grabbed the attention of kids and adults alike. Some went on to be very popular, while some faded away with time. To name a few popular ones that have gained so much love and popularity for generations up till now are, slinky, hula hoop, Barbie, playdough, yoyo, etc.

There is one more which took the world by storm, Rubik’s Cube — a 3-D mechanical puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor Erno Rubik. Rubik’s Cube is the most played, challenged puzzle that is more popular in adults than kids; due to its tricky nature, various competitions are also held around the world.

However, the cube with its unique algorithm is not easy to solve as most people could only solve one or two sides. We all know that Rubik’s Cube has six faces, with nine small squares on each side. Each side is covered in solid colours such as white, red, blue, orange, green and yellow. An internal pivot mechanism enables each face to turn independently, thus mixing up the colours. For the puzzle to be solved, each face must be returned to have only one colour.

So today, I am bringing https://iamthecu.be/ — a site for all the fans of Rubik’s Cube out there who want to learn the tactics and want to solve this mind boggling puzzle. The site is basically an interactive presentation to help you understand the basics of Rubik’s Cube.

As you open the site, you will find a Rubik’s Cube in the centre and below it some directions, tricks to solve the Cube through its styles — the Cublets, Labels and Actions. If you find these difficult, you can learn from the demo. The demo is given by the Cube itself. The Cube introduces itself, tells about its built, mechanics, etc.

According to the site, this cube explorer can be enjoyed in several browsers but it is best experienced in the latest version of Google Chrome, where you can get into the Chrome Cube Lab with more experiments and learn about the technology involved in it.

So kids, don’t wait, have a go experimenting with the different kinds of cubelets — centres, edges and corners — and see how these simple elements combine to create the beautiful complexity of the cube at https://iamthecu.be/

Published in Dawn, Young World, January 2nd, 2021

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