Some time ago i got into rubik’s cubes by accident. after a while i thought it would be nice to solve the cube using a different perception than the visual. i decided that i wanted something haptic. so i went and designed some patterns that were
- easily distinguishable
- easy to make
- rotation invariant
the result were three different basic shapes: cross, box, hollow box
“why no circle?”. well i decided to stick to the concept of straight lines. but i added some roundings just for a more comfortable feeling. anyway, it’s three basic patterns in a normal and diagonal version each since the colors on a rubik’s cube are also paired. we have [red/orange], warm colors on opposite sides of the cube, [white/yellow], bright colors and [blue/green], cold colors. i wanted to keep that concept in order to have a better orientation when solving the cube. so each [normal/diagonal]-pair is located on opposite sides of the cube.
finally the plates were cnc-milled out of pcv and it was a really painful amount of work to clean them with steel wool. it took a while till i got my fingerprints back. i peeled off the original labels of the rubik’s cube and mounted the plates using double-sided tape.
54 plates later the cube was finished. the first days the cube felt a little uncomfortable, but it became better because the edges wore off. solving the cube takes me about five times longer than solving a normal cube, but it’s an interesting challenge every time.
here’s a picture of the finished cube: