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 Post subject: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:42 am 
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I think advertising is not allowed here but I have an announcement to make:
Hello!
I´m a industrial designer from Finland.
I´ve invented this new 3D-sliding puzzle (intl.pat.pend.PCT, design reg. pend., reg.trade mark.) Bolaris. I have it in my own production here, in my own "little toy factory" in southern Finland, in Fiskars village (http://www.fiskarsvillage.fi).
Four models are in production; all have different designs, different levels of difficulty and that perfectly working one finger -mechanism! (That´s the design-aspect here; easy-to-operate -mechanism; works even single-handedly!)
The models are: Harmaa/Grey (arrange tones of grey by darkness), Vastaväri / Complementary Colour (a colour wheel in 3D), Domino (create a continuous chain of Domino squares (with matching point values) over and around the ball) and Maailma / World ( with a printed image of the Earth seen from space, partially covered with clouds, also some underwater and sub-continental landscapes are revealed when moving those rectangular parts..)
They have been on sale since december -07 in Finland, and some 4900 units have been sold (for example in the finnish science center Heureka) so far.
Outside Finland, they are on sale currently only in Puzzle-Shop.de, in Germany, at De Kubuswinkel in the Netherlands, Science Gallery in Ireland, Universeum in Sweden and at Mallorca-Puzzles in Mallorca, Spain. The website http://www.bolaris.fi is in finnish, sorry, but a english section has been added, and more info is coming soon.

Best regards,

Bolaris design and manufacturing:
Hannu Hjerppe, designer, CEO
Diff Design Oy Ltd
FIN-10470 FISKARS
FINLAND
info@diffdesign.fi
www.bolaris.fi


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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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I really like the globe one but it is the most expensive among the 4.

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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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did you try to do shape mods ?


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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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I like this puzzle very much. The newly released Cubedron is very similar to this puzzle, but I prefer the mechanism of Bolaris a litter better. I just wonder if we can make a Bolaris-analogue which is identical to a Cubedron.

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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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512456 wrote:
I really like the globe one but it is the most expensive among the 4.

Where did you see the pricing? I couldn't find any.

Isn't this puzzle similar to these?
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=563
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=947

Nice puzzles! I am interested.


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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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flambore wrote:
512456 wrote:
I really like the globe one but it is the most expensive among the 4.

Where did you see the pricing? I couldn't find any.

Isn't this puzzle similar to these?
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=563
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=947

Nice puzzles! I am interested.


you can see the price at http://www.puzzle-shop.de/

Bolaris Domino - 15 EUR
Bolaris Black-White - 15 EUR
Bolaris Color - 15 EUR
Bolaris Globe - 40 EUR

Bolaris is a sliding puzzle with an empty tile, which is quite different with a twisty puzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:54 am 
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In this Dutch shop they are 14,95 :D
http://www.kubuswinkel.nl/

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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:57 am 
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They are nearly like the Hungarian Globe (see my pic) or Equator puzzles, but slightly easier. They look very nice and I'd love to get one :P But I've just purchased a void cube and I'm fresh out :mrgreen:


I absolutely love it, the globe is so clear :P


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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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I'm surprised this puzzle is patentable, given the prior similar puzzles...

but it looks very nice, nonetheless...


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 Post subject: addition: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 4:59 pm 
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Hello, I forgot to mention the obvious: the Bolaris mechanism is like a 2D-sliding puzzle (so called fiveteen etc.) wrapped around a ball. There´s a empty slot or a missing piece, and the rect. parts are moved around one at a time with one finger movement. Simple and easy. The patent claims are about shapes, guiding surfaces and other features that ensure un-jammable precise movement...
And of course, the material is safe, non-toxic and strong ABS-plastic. No rivets, screws, glue, stickers etc. extra components.
Br.
Hannu Hjerppe, Diff Design Oy, Finland. http://www.bolaris.fi


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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:24 am 
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sokoban wrote:
I like this puzzle very much. The newly released Cubedron is very similar to this puzzle, but I prefer the mechanism of Bolaris a litter better. I just wonder if we can make a Bolaris-analogue which is identical to a Cubedron.


You must first *feel* how a Cubedron operates, and only then you may
be able to make a better decision. Many people could not put it down
after starting to play with it. ;)

But I do agree, that the mathematical group is very similar to the Cubedron,
but certainly not the same.

:)


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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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Having played with both the Bolaris and the Cubedron, I fail to see the similarity. Maybe I'm just thick, but to me they are two totally different puzzles.

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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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flambore wrote:
512456 wrote:
I really like the globe one but it is the most expensive among the 4.

Where did you see the pricing? I couldn't find any.

Isn't this puzzle similar to these?
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=563
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=947

Nice puzzles! I am interested.


sokoban wrote:
flambore wrote:
512456 wrote:
I really like the globe one but it is the most expensive among the 4.

Where did you see the pricing? I couldn't find any.

Isn't this puzzle similar to these?
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=563
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pid=947

Nice puzzles! I am interested.


you can see the price at http://www.puzzle-shop.de/

Bolaris Domino - 15 EUR
Bolaris Black-White - 15 EUR
Bolaris Color - 15 EUR
Bolaris Globe - 40 EUR

Bolaris is a sliding puzzle with an empty tile, which is quite different with a twisty puzzle.


Yes, I got the price from puzzle-shop.de. :D

Sven wrote:
In this Dutch shop they are 14,95 :D

http://www.kubuswinkel.nl/


But they don't sell the globe one. :(

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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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kastellorizo wrote:
You must first *feel* how a Cubedron operates, and only then you may
be able to make a better decision. Many people could not put it down
after starting to play with it. ;)


Maybe you are right. I felt an impulse to buy a Cubedron some time ago. But considering I had already bought several puzzles last year (void cube, v-cube 6, pyraminx crystal, skewb, face-turning octahedron, etc.), I will buy neither a bolaris nor a cubedron in the near future.

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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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katsmom wrote:
Having played with both the Bolaris and the Cubedron, I fail to see the similarity. Maybe I'm just thick, but to me they are two totally different puzzles.


Imagine tilting the Bolaris so that the hole is on top after every move, and you're halfway there.


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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:25 am 
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The colored variant looks very nice. :) They look like very good quality puzzles.


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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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I would easily buy the collection if I had the money but I'm on the poor side now :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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sokoban wrote:
I felt an impulse to buy a Cubedron some time ago. But considering I had already bought several puzzles last year (void cube, v-cube 6, pyraminx crystal, skewb, face-turning octahedron, etc.), I will buy neither a bolaris nor a cubedron in the near future.


I am the only person in the world right now with a Cubedron :mrgreen: outside Pantazis. Where did you find those? I am sure he would love to know because if they are for sale, it's another knockoff. Or were you just refering to the offer on Twisty?

As far as that puzzle goes, I've had it in my hand a lot these past weeks and Pantazis has told me to put it away for a while now before I destroy it. Bolaris is fun, but in the end, it's another slide puzzle. Totally different.

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the colored one would match a masterball pretty well.
(now all I need Is both)


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Must... Have.... The Earth copy!

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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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I traveled to Finland last late summer and saw this puzzle in Eureka museum near Helsinki. I didn't buy it then and I regret that now. The puzzle does have a very nice feeling about it.

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katsmom wrote:
Or were you just refering to the offer on Twisty?


Yes, that's what I mean.

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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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I would like to summarise things a bit to avoid any confusion. :)

The Bolaris is a very nice puzzle which I had the pleasure to play with at the IPP29.
Sadly, I was not able to get one because you may all remember how much trouble
I had bringing all those exchange puzzles back to Australia. But I will get one soon,
hopefully in less than 20 days. ;)

The Equator has no holes, but it *is* mathematically related to the Bolaris.
(i.e. by assuming that one of its pieces is the "hole", but there are still some important differences).
Moreover, the Bolaris algebraic group is not really a subgroup of the Equator group, but
they share a same subgroup. It must be mentioned here, that because of the less pieces,
the Bolaris moves much better than the Equator.

The Cubedron algebraic group is itself a subgroup of the Bolaris group (and subsequently,
a subgroup of the Equator group). But it operates with a different mechanism (i.e. gravity)
which requires the "hole/empty spot" to always be on the top. That adds some extra
complexity *and* satisfaction when using it. ;)

And please allow me to finish this small summary with the Patapata cube. If both sides are
seen as one, then the algebraic group of this puzzle is the same with the one for the Cubedron.
But the sides *can* flip inside out, making it a larger algebraic group, and also different from
the one in the Bolaris puzzle.

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eye2eye wrote:
the colored one would match a masterball pretty well.
(now all I need Is both)

The colored one is in finnish Vastaväri, meaning Complementary Colours; it´s a colour wheel in 3D, BUT WITH A LITTLE MORE THEORETICAL APPROACH: solve, in a way that the colour tones shift step by step in a harmony. (Both hue and lightness shift in even steps) The Complementary Colours are on the opposing sides of the ball; the light tones are around the white triangular "corner", and the darker tones
are situated around the black one. Which colour should be in between white and blue? A light blue? Whatabout yellow; on the opposing side there should be.... not red, not green? Maybe purple?
So it has 25 different colours, and I don´t think it´s a lot like Masterball.
br. Hannu Hjerppe, Diff Design Oy, Finland. http://www.bolaris.fii


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 Post subject: Re: BOLARIS, a series of 3D-sliding puzzles, patented innovation
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This summer I was on holiday in Finland and found this puzzle in the Linnanmäki amusement parc in Helsinki. I bought the Vastaväri version because I liked the colours best. It looks great and it slides very smoothly! I only find it a bit difficult to determine where every colour belongs.
The globe looks great too.


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