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 Post subject: New puzzle/mechanism ideaPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:19 am

Joined: Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:19 am
Hello

I have an idea I wanted to share with you. I've searched the museum section and haven't found anything similar and I think it'll be interesting from solving point of view. I have even concept how would mechanism look like.

We all know Crazy Planet Puzzle series. They are basically Rubik's Cubes with circles on each face that either stay fixed or rotate when turning said face. There are few variants having more or less faces with 2 kinds of center pieces allowing each of two types of movement. They are sometimes called 0s and 1s as in the following picture.

My idea here is to allow centers to behave in both ways depending on situation. To achieve this instead 0 and 1-type centers one must have 0 and 1-type edges. When we have at least on 1-type edge on the face that face turns like a normal Rubik's Cube. When there are none of them (only 0-type pieces) it works like Circle Cube.

And here's my concept of mechanism.
Each of the six arms of the core would allow center pieces to rotate freely but would have square sections necessary to block movement when needed. Additionally center pieces would have holes on bottom side for the same purpose.

There's also another piece bellow center piece that change behavior of centers. It's position is affected by near edge pieces. 1-type edge pushes it down allowing Rubik's Cube movement. When there are no such pieces a spring pushes it from the below and makes face rotate like Circle Cube.

All pictures can be seen here.
Also if anyone knows a software that I'm not aware of that simulates such a puzzle please post a link here, I'd love to play with it.

Krystian

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 Post subject: Re: New puzzle/mechanism ideaPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:54 am

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Why not also have an edge which is 1 on one side and 0 on the other?

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 Post subject: Re: New puzzle/mechanism ideaPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:33 pm

Joined: Sun May 29, 2011 2:56 pm
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Jared wrote:
Why not also have an edge which is 1 on one side and 0 on the other?

Haven't really thought about this too much, but my first reaction was thinking that that would block the face from moving completely.
Might be wrong though.

-Doug

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