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 Post subject: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototypes)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:35 pm 
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Well, here is a video that speaks for itself. 8-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3Y4s-HP ... e=youtu.be

The fully invertible cube (made of eight smaller cubes) which changes
completely from a white cube to a black cube, is called "Pantazis' Cubes",
while the other one made of four cubes is called "Greek Kastellorizo".
(you need to change from a Greek flag to the rounded name "KAS-TEL-LOR-IZO"
but sadly, the puzzle is too far for the letters to be seen).

Sorry, but no photos at this stage, but as I had said, I will be in Nuremberg.

Enjoy its super stable orthogonal movement!

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:03 pm 
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Very cool!

Where was that filmed? I suspect it wasn't California even though it looks so much like coastal southern California!

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
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Is it sort of like a jacob's ladder mechanism?


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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
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Brandon Enright wrote:
Where was that filmed? I suspect it wasn't California even though it looks so much like coastal southern California!
Although California is known for its Mediterranean climate, I suspect strongly this is the actual Mediterranean and Pantazis' home island, Kastellorizo.

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
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Awesome puzzle.
You made some 2x2x2-moves. Are these possible in every state up to arbitrary? I suspect no.


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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
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This looks like the Rubik's magic mechanism, but adapted for use in 3D.
Very innovative!

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 6:58 am 
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Nice, it reminds me of those old magic folding picture cubes I used to play with as a kid.

http://youtu.be/xYDcLSluLX8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF7wYbVBIV4

Can this one open out flat?

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
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Brandon Enright wrote:
Very cool!

Where was that filmed? I suspect it wasn't California even though it looks so much like coastal southern California!


Yeap, David is right. This is the island of Kastellorizo (and my home is 500 stairs below!) :D


garathnor wrote:
Is it sort of like a jacob's ladder mechanism?


Well, Jacob's ladder is the primitive predecessor, but yes, this one of the components.
There are more connections not related to that. :)


Andreas Nortmann wrote:
Awesome puzzle.
You made some 2x2x2-moves. Are these possible in every state up to arbitrary? I suspect no.


Well, not all of them, but some of them. And by enabling some other possible movement,
a very impressive puzzle could be built.


1NSAN3 wrote:
This looks like the Rubik's magic mechanism, but adapted for use in 3D.
Very innovative!


Let us say that this is the missing link between the folding and the twisty puzzles.
It is using more advanced ways than the Rubik's Magic mechanism, let us say a
combination of connecting ways. :wink:

It is so stable, that it allows many additions to be done in the future, while this mechanism
gives the possibility for many different puzzles to be built, and I am still discovering them.
(for example, the Acropolis that I showed some time ago is very different, as a puzzle).

8-)



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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
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KelvinS wrote:
Nice, it reminds me of those old magic folding picture cubes I used to play with as a kid.

http://youtu.be/xYDcLSluLX8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF7wYbVBIV4

Can this one open out flat?


Indeed, those are full inversion puzzles based on a model which was discovered fifty years ago. And the
problem with those is that you had to change their shape to parallelepiped before going back to the cube,
while there were only two cubic states.

In my case, the Pantazis' Cubes shape always retains its cubic form, which was my goal from the start.
Stability was an issue, but I have overcome this too. By definition, the number of states has increased
significantly, and this number depends on the puzzle (could be 5, 6, 9, 12, etc).

As for the Greek Kastellorizo, this retains always the 2x2x1 cuboid form (and it depends on a totally
different algebraic group compared to Pantazis Cubes, both have 12 states).

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
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Very cool! Alien technology seems like an appropriate name for the mechanism.

It almost looks like a fake background in your video, you are very lucky to have such a view!

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
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darryl wrote:
Very cool! Alien technology seems like an appropriate name for the mechanism.


I immediately thought it was out of this world the moment the logic of the mechanism was completely
unlocked to me one and a half years ago. It was only missing some crucial stability, but now it is there!
I do not know if the experience in folding and twisty puzzles allowed me to find it or I was just plainly lucky.
I am just very happy to be the first one to see its existence!

Hmmm... ok, ok... forget the words above. The real truth is that a UFO accidentally dropped it and I found it. :lol:


darryl wrote:
It almost looks like a fake background in your video, you are very lucky to have such a view!


Thanks darryl. It is in my opinion the most beautiful place in the world. And I have traveled a lot.
Of course, anyone who wants to visit, I am super keen to show them around, including my puzzle home
with lots of unknown prototypes, but I need to be there!

Just some last note. It is highly likely that this would be mass produced within this year!

:)


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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
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kastellorizo wrote:

Just some last note. It is highly likely that this would be mass produced within this year!

:)


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Here's my wallet. Can I pre-order one now?

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis Cubes & Greek Kastellorizo (Alien Tech Prototyp
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darryl wrote:
kastellorizo wrote:
Just some last note. It is highly likely that this would be mass produced within this year!

Here's my wallet. Can I pre-order one now?



I think I remember you saw my older (slightly unstable) prototype one and a half years ago!

The funny thing is that there are more than one ways to "populate" the connections,
so I am still undecided which one is the best, and as I said, there are still many ways
(by creating different algebraic dependencies) that I am not aware yet.

And even in the unlikely case it is not mass produced (when the sun rises from the west),
I will ensure you get a copy Darryl. To be continued... :)


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