GoCube Reinvents Rubik's Cube As App Connected Gadget

Posted: Jun 12 2018, 10:00am CDT | by , in Technology News


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GoCube Reinvents Rubik's Cube as App Connected Gadget

GoCube is an app connected Rubik's Cube.

Israeli startup Particula unveiled GoCube, a smart and connected version of the classic Rubik's cube. I never managed to fully learn how to completely solve the Rubik's cube when I was a kid. This frustration is the inspiration for the team behind the GoCube. They invented a cube that teaches you how to solve it via an app the cube is communicating with.

GoCube is a three-dimensional speed-cube, equipped with sensors to track and measure activity (also when disconnected) and an inertial measurement unit to track the cube’s position. It consumes low power via its rechargeable battery and connects through Bluetooth 5.0 to the GoCube app.

The app provides a real-time display of the cube, analyzes movement, and enables fun interactive tutorials so anyone can learn and enjoy cubing. As users work through the tutorials, they develop their problem-solving skills and grow their understanding of cube logic.

I had the opportunity to talk to the inventors of the GoCube last week. The technology behind this toy is very impressive. Udi Dor told me that it was an extremely time-consuming process to make the sensors inside the cube so small and robust.

“The Rubik’s Cube is a great puzzle and the best selling toy in history. Still, most people give up in frustration within a few minutes because it’s so complex,” says Particula founder and CEO Udi Dor. “We wanted to create something that’s fun for anyone and offers new experiences for players of all levels. We also wanted to take it a step further so you can keep challenging yourself and socialize with other players online!”

GoCube tracks data to the millisecond with its internal sensors to measure turns per second, a number of moves, time to completion, and more. The system tracks and records the cube’s exact movements and history, and enables players to monitor their performances, strengths and weaknesses so they can continuously level up their game.

The GoCube has the accuracy and responsiveness necessary to take cubing competitions online. Particula told me that the cubing community already showed interest in the GoCube.

GoCube has a modern design with a light-up inner frame that can be used for various user indications. GoCubes battles include a versus mode, leaderboard scores, and live competitions. Players can pick from boards of people to challenge friends or strangers. The app can also match users at the same level. To ensure a fair battle, GoCube recognizes the starting position of each player and guides them through a unique set of moves to reach a common starting position.

Mini-games, missions and third party games incorporate various aspects of cubing in order to improve handling skills and instincts. Some examples include a Guitar Hero-inspired game where players must make movements to a particular rhythm, a memory game where players memorize a sequence of moves, and “Draw Something” where players use the colors on the squares to create specific designs or representations of country flags.

“GoCube is the next generation of cubes,” continued Dor. “It is what cube should have always been - a social addictive connected game, which everyone can learn and play with to continuously improve.”

GoCube will be available starting June 12 for a two-month period on Kickstarter for $69. You can pre-order your GoCube on Kickstarter now. The estimated delivery date is March 2019. For a full breakdown of pledge levels- please see the Kickstarter campaign.

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