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 Post subject: Who is this?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 1:03 pm 
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Does anyone know who "Josip Matijek" is? I received an e-mail from him earlier this year talking about a new puzzle design, but haven't heard from him since. The name seems familiar to me, but I'm not sure if that's just because I've been seeing his original e-mail around for 9 months!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 4:05 pm 
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I was able to find this page....hope it helps.

http://public.srce.hr/hsin/inova/iz-062.htm

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 1:11 am 
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Interesting design. Could be related to:
Spherical dino cube
Number: US6244597
Inventor: Matijek, Josip Assignee: Lanco, D.O.O.; Teca, D.O.O.
Filing date: 15-07-1998 Publ. date: 12-06-2001
References: US4441715, US4865323, DD210182, DE3127757, FR2600903
Equivalents: AU724968, AU7594096, CN1125661B, CN1209076, DE69618241D,
DE69618241T, EP874672, HR960022, WO9726059


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 4:09 pm 
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Ahhh. The e-mail he sent to me was named "Click Ball". This must be it.

I bet Josip pitched this to Uwe... the picture above looks identical to the Smartball. Did anyone save the Smartball pictures Uwe had online? Or were there even pictures of it? I forget.

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The smartball was mentioned by mefferts at some point and I saw pictures, but he said it won't be made into production due to lack of interest. The mail from mefferts said that the smartball has no central core, which is interesting, but a strange decision from an engineering standpoint.

It isn't much of a loss. The smartball, being a sphere, would be hard to grip, and is isomorphic to the already extant rainbow cube, and the jackpot (which mefferts is putting out!) and the brain twist. We don't need any more dino cubes. We have too many dino cubes.


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Bram, Why don't you send me some of those extra Dino Cubes you got so you won't have to feel bad about letting them collect dust... :wink:

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Id always say yes to one too :)

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 9:55 am 
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Sandy wrote:
Did anyone save the Smartball pictures Uwe had online? Or were there even pictures of it? I forget.


Anyone have these or remember what they looked like? Were there even pictures? Maybe just drawings?

Sandy


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I don't remembrer any pictures, (i could be wrong on this one).
I retraced the original e-mail sent to me in july 04 and this is his description:

"The "SMARTBALL" range comes in several versions for this special pre-release collector's edition. The two-color version is the easiest
and the Soccer Ball the hardest. The Smartball uses a completely new hollow puzzle concept with no internal mechanism. The challenge is
to rotate six large interlaced circles to create interesting patterns and designs and then put them back in their original pattern. The Smartball could be described as an advanced Masterball concept."

Michael
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There was most certainly pictures shown, not simply drawings or sketches. I'm not sure if they were actual photos, or they might have been something done using a CAD or photoshop software, but they looked pretty real.

Doug.


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