All people’s picked up a Rubik’s dice earlier than. Although the idea of a Rubik’s dice might seem easy, the complexities concerned in fixing the puzzle have entertained logicians for many years. Lately, the recognition of cubing, through which gamers compete to see who can remedy a Rubik’s dice the quickest, has swept throughout the web.
When you’re a logical-minded puzzle fanatic like myself, chances are you’ll know tips on how to remedy a Rubik’s dice or might have even began a set of twisting puzzles of various geometries as effectively.
The idea of every of those cubes is all the time very simple. Flip the faces till every face is similar colour – that’s all of the dice has ever completed. The Heykube, nevertheless, makes use of inner processors to convey the Rubik’s dice on top of things with fashionable expertise.
The Heykube is similar dimension as every other Rubik’s dice – in regards to the dimension of a fist. The colours on the Heykube are the usual white, yellow, pink, orange, inexperienced, and blue. Reverse sides are the identical colours as a daily Rubik’s dice as effectively, which makes it simple to select up and begin utilizing.
The Heykube communicates with the consumer by way of light-up circles on the middle of every face. These circles will gentle up in a rotating sample to point which strategy to flip every face. This idea may be very intuitive and never tough to study.
The Heykube is available in a pleasant field with an instruction handbook that’s simple to comply with and the charger for the dice.
The Heykube has three important features: Easy Remedy, Be taught to Remedy, and Sample Remedy.
The Easy Remedy perform acts as an “undo” for as much as fourteen 90-degree turns of any face on the dice. As you make quarter activates any of the faces, the Heykube makes use of the circles to direct you tips on how to undo the strikes you have got made to get the dice again to the solved state.
Whereas I didn’t discover this perform notably helpful, I suppose it might be neat for those who had been attempting to see the results of a sure algorithm with out having to resolve the whole dice afterwards. It must also be famous that the circle guides will be turned off by rotating a solved dice by a sure set of strikes if they don’t seem to be desired.
The Be taught to Remedy perform is activated when the faces of the dice are turned greater than fourteen occasions. This perform prompts the consumer to resolve the dice utilizing a seven-step technique. Whereas this technique is just not what I’ve discovered to be often called “The Newbie’s Technique”, it’s a quite simple strategy to remedy the dice.
The steps are white cross, first layer, second layer, yellow cross, orient final layer, permutate corners on final layer, and permutate edges on final layer. Whereas this technique received’t set any world data, this was the primary approach I discovered to resolve the dice by myself and it took my remedy time under one minute.
I imagine that the Be taught to Remedy perform could be helpful for anyone who desires the satisfaction of fixing a Rubik’s dice with out having to memorize any algorithms (the enjoyable jingle that the dice performs while you end a remedy is certainly very satisfying), or anyone who desires to resolve the dice on their very own and is keen to comply with together with the strategies described within the app to grasp why every transfer is made.
It is very important observe that there isn’t any approach for the dice to point a flip of the center layer of a dice. Whereas that is typically thought-about one flip by most cubers, it’s thought-about two by Heykube (by turning every of the outer faces surrounding that center layer).
The Sample Remedy perform of Heykube was completely different from what I anticipated. After making a sure set of strikes communicated by way of the circles on the dice or the Keykube app, the colours on the Heykube would make a close to sample throughout all faces. Whereas that is technically of no worth to speed-solving a dice, it’s undoubtedly a neat function that’s enjoyable to mess around with.
If Heykube was a standalone dice, I’d have been comparatively underwhelmed by its features. Connecting the Heykube to the Heykube app on my smartphone, nevertheless, added a number of options that I fairly loved.
For rookies, the Heykube app has video tutorials on “The Newbie’s Technique” that’s programmed into the dice. Watching the video tutorials on the app makes the methodology a lot simpler to grasp than attempting to comply with alongside and acknowledge the patterns from the lights on the dice itself.
The function within the app that caught my eye probably the most, was the timer. Like many different cubers, up to now I used to be pressured to attempt to use my telephone timer to time my solves. Whereas this technique is extra much like the timing technique utilized in a match, the built-in timer within the Heykube app was undoubtedly one thing that I desired.
After the dice is scrambled, the consumer hits the beginning button within the Heykube app, and the timer begins. Because the consumer solves the dice, the app retains observe of information akin to what number of strikes have been taken to resolve the dice.
As soon as the Heykube has been solved, the app robotically stops the timer and shows the time taken for that remedy. Then dice is able to be scrambled, and the app is able to time one other remedy.
The app additionally shops the info from each remedy you’ve made, so you possibly can analyze tendencies and see enchancment. Challenges are additionally out there for particular timed solves.
The leaderboard part of the app exhibits how the consumer has carried out in these challenges over time. It’s also vital to not that the lights and sound on the Heykube will be turned off by way of the app (these options will be distracting throughout timed solves).
If there was one factor left to be desired within the Heykube app, it might be the flexibility to apply completely different algorithms. One of many hardest components of enhancing previous “The Newbie’s Technique” is memorizing all of the algorithms for each scenario throughout a remedy.
If this had been a function within the Heykube app, I imagine there could be little extra to ask for. One function of the Heykube that I didn’t get to strive, nevertheless, was its skill to be programmed by a Raspberry Pi.
In keeping with the instruction handbook, this permits a consumer to “code your personal options” and I imagine would give the flexibility to apply completely different algorithms. I assumed this function was very cool, and the instruction handbook even lists a library that can be utilized to program the Heykube.
The mechanics of the Heykube had been smoother than I anticipated. I didn’t have excessive expectations for a dice full of electronics, however I used to be pleasantly stunned.
The dice may be very malleable, much like what could be anticipated from a speedcube. It could nook reduce about twenty or thirty levels, and it’s put collectively effectively sufficient that I used to be not afraid of the dice falling aside.
The Heykube feels prefer it’s made with magnets to lock every flip into place which is technically slower than a speedcube however was one thing that I didn’t thoughts. In comparison with a speedcube nevertheless, there was fairly a little bit of friction between the components, which is what I imagine gradual the dice down probably the most. This additionally causes the dice to typically squeak because it turns, which I discovered to be disagreeable.
I couldn’t discover a strategy to loosen the Heykube to forestall this, however I do imagine that it might be lubricated (there are audio system someplace in there although, so watch out). It’s also somewhat heavier than a speedcube (and even somewhat heavier than a Rubik’s model dice), however that too was one thing that didn’t bug me throughout solves.
I believe that an important factor to notice relating to the mechanics of the Heykube is that it was quick sufficient for the timing to be value it. If the dice was too gradual and inflexible, it might not be value taking the time to resolve. As anyone who’s common remedy normally hovers round 45 seconds, I used to be capable of get a 42-second remedy rapidly, with out counting on having a fortunate remedy.
The Heykube prices with a clip that connects to the yellow and orange facilities. Though this prevents the dice from getting used whereas it’s charging, I discovered that the Heykube solely takes an hour or so to totally cost when plugged into the wall.
The clip that prices the dice does so by way of a micro-USB port, which is simple to interchange if misplaced. The battery life itself was very good.
After utilizing the Heykube a number of days in a row, I discovered that the battery life had depleted to solely 50% (there’s a handy battery gauge within the Heykube app). By my estimation, I’d say that the battery would final for a minimum of 5 – 6 hours of steady use.
General, the Heykube had many extra options than I first realized. After I performed with simply the options of the dice itself and felt that it was slower than a speedcube, I used to be unimpressed.
Connecting to the Heykube app and being able to simply time solves and observe progress turned the Heykube right into a dice that won’t be able to sit down on my shelf lengthy sufficient to gather an excessive amount of mud.
Figuring out that it may be programmed to my wants is a function that I’m excited to strive. I’d advocate the Heykube to anyone who enjoys cubing. If all you need is to have the ability to remedy a Rubik’s dice one time or, on the opposite finish of the spectrum, are attempting to set world data, then the Heykube might be not a great funding. However for any cubing hobbyist that’s searching for a dice that’s enjoyable to resolve and has the potential to advance their expertise, don’t cross your eyes over the Heykube.