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 Post subject: YouCube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:52 am 
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Hi Twisty Puzzle fans,

YouCube is a new twisty puzzle, that has not only a hole in the middle like Void Cube, but it has a complete gap at a side all the way through to the center. The puzzle looks like the letter "U", hence its name. The whole puzzle is held together by sliding dovetail connections. That works very well for this puzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Wow. Can all of the middle bits (the blocks of 4) rotate if the U is turned?

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Wow. Thats crazy.
You are the master at creating weird and unusual cubes. I shouldn't even call it a cube :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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APJ wrote:
Wow. Can all of the middle bits (the blocks of 4) rotate if the U is turned?

Alex

Yes they can!

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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this is unusual

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Simply amazing, GREAT JOB! :D

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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So I think that defines as a jumbling puzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:27 am 
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Hugo Mak wrote:
So I think that defines as a jumbling puzzle.

Incorrect. This twisty puzzle can be unbandaged into a doctrinaire puzzle. To do the required unbandaging, one has to plug the notch in the "U", such that it becomes an "O".

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Incredible! How do these ideas come out of your head like this!

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Amazing puzzle, is there anyting that you can't build? :D


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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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What a clever and original design! Oskar, you never cease to amaze me. And the rate you're releasing these puzzles is unheard of. Very well done!


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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Cool! I love how it is still able to do most turns even when the U is turned.
This does this puzzle also count as C and N cubes? And did the H-cube also count as I-cube? If so, you have now created the C, H, I, N (n is a better description actually) and U. An 'easy' next one would be the O-cube.

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Man Oskar! The stuff that you come up with! Its crazy! :shock:

I love the name too!


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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Sjoerd wrote:
Cool! I love how it is still able to do most turns even when the U is turned.
This does this puzzle also count as C and N cubes? And did the H-cube also count as I-cube? If so, you have now created the C, H, I, N (n is a better description actually) and U. An 'easy' next one would be the O-cube.


I reckon the void cube could be considered somewhat of an O cube.

But seeing one in this style (And if both Sjoerd and I haven't just completely forgotten/missed it) would be fantastic :D

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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uhhh...How does i- but the- and the- uhhh

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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I wonder what this would be like dodecahedral. Possibly with two gaps like a W.

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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The YouCube is a void bandaged puzzle, so it doesn't jumble, but the voiding is very novel and extreme.

I believe Oskar's source of inspiration for his last batch of puzzles has been thinking about twisties whose axes of rotation don't all intersect at a single point. He asked me about such beasts previously, and I said I didn't know of any other than the Dual Circle, but clearly there are more.


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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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I love the way it turns across the gap. I'm surprised how stable it looks during that turn. I expected the rails not to line up well for that, but they did perfectly.

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Awesome! Your puzzles are always incredible.

I asked this in the comments, but I might as well ask here, too: Do the full vertical arms of the U turn as well? I guess you would have showed it in the video if they did, but I just wanted to be sure.

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Wow... after watching this, I just wonder of the possibilities of using
two different twisty puzzles which rotate in one way individually, while
when those two puzzles become "locked" together into position, then
they can rotate in a "combined" way! I believe it can be possible!

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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kastellorizo wrote:
Wow... after watching this, I just wonder of the possibilities of using
two different twisty puzzles which rotate in one way individually, while
when those two puzzles become "locked" together into position, then
they can rotate in a "combined" way! I believe it can be possible!


Neat idea.

I wonder if that (or a variation) would allow the creation of a 3D analog of a 4D puzzle like a 2x2x2x2. Without thinking too much about it, the "faces" could be disconnected 3D twisty puzzles and 4D turns would be performed by bringing the separate parts together in different orientations.


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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Joshua Bell wrote:
I wonder if that (or a variation) would allow the creation of a 3D analog of a 4D puzzle like a 2x2x2x2. Without thinking too much about it, the "faces" could be disconnected 3D twisty puzzles and 4D turns would be performed by bringing the separate parts together in different orientations.


Very true, that could open the way to higher dimensions too.
The unique characteristics of the YouCube puzzle may already
be enough to make some modified pieces for a 4D version.

Of course, this is not the only way to make a 4D puzzle, but that
is another story.

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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I have one question about this puzzle: If you do a rotation of the front/back, wouldn't it be possible to just rotate one of the middle 'edge' pieces off the puzzle, and thereby disassemble it?

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Oskar is smarter than having a flaw like that.

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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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Yes, but why it's not a problem is an interesting question.


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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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qqwref wrote:
I have one question about this puzzle: If you do a rotation of the front/back, wouldn't it be possible to just rotate one of the middle 'edge' pieces off the puzzle, and thereby disassemble it?

Your question is: when you have the "U" turned at 90 or 180 deg, can you then remove the two little cubies that are at the opening of the "U", correct? The answer is "no", as the cubies are internally wider than one unit, so that move is blocked at both sides of the cubie.

Oskar


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 Post subject: Re: YouCube by OSKAR
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pirsquared wrote:
I asked this in the comments, but I might as well ask here, too: Do the full vertical arms of the U turn as well? I guess you would have showed it in the video if they did, but I just wanted to be sure.

Hi Eitan,

I am not exactly sure what you are asking. There are three types of roations: sides, cubies and the big "U-turn".

Oskar


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