Rubik’s Cube Invention Celebrated By Google
Offices all over the world have stopped thanks to Google!
Google celebrate 40 years since the invention of the Rubik’s Cube with a Google Doodle. The Doodle allows you to solve a Rubik’s Cube on Google’s homepage. It also gives links you to Chrome Cube Lab
Chrome Cube Lab lets you create your own cube. There are a range of experiments ready for you to play with, including:
- Type Cube – where you can write whatever you want of a Rubik’s Cube
- Synth Cube – where you can create sweet music using a Rubik’s Cube
- Image Cube – where you can drag and drop your own photographs to create a picture Cube
- And many more
Cube Lab also gives you the ability to create your own experiment. Using the latest technology including HTML5, CSS3, THREE.Js, Google Cloud etc. the Cube Lab will let you create your own Rubik’s inspired experiment. Let your imagination to run wild and come up with something new and unique with Chrome Cube Lab.
Google have used a Rubik’s Cube before in a Doodle in 2011 that was exclusive to Hungary, where the Rubik’s Cube originated. Today’s three dimensional Google Doodle is shown globally showcasing Google’s involvement in the Beyond Rubik’s Cube exhibition, and use of the Rubik’s Cube, as part of their initiatives to support the STEAM curriculum. The Rubik’s Cube brings problem-solving, geometry and engineering into play; making it a useful tool for learning. Indeed the original premise of the Rubik’s Cube was for Erno Rubik to help explain three-dimensional space to his students; to find out more about the history of the Rubik’s Cube click here. Rubik’s, The LSC and Google have come together to evolve these ideas and create a highly interactive experience. To find out more about the Beyond Rubik’s Cube exhibition being held at the Liberty Science Centre please click here or visit the Beyond Rubik’s Cube site
Ernö Rubik (a Hungarian Professor of Architecture) in 1974 created an impossible object, one that moved in three dimensions and did not fall apart: the Rubik’s Cube. Ernö has always viewed the Rubik’s Cube as a sculpture showing order from chaos, or simplicity in complexity. It seems fitting then that another company who consistently makes the impossible possible and makes the seemingly complex simple use it on their homepage. Google now takes on Professor Rubik’s baton of teaching people to think about 3D space – the very idea behind the creation of the Rubik’s Cube.
To learn more about the Rubik’s Cube and its inventor visit the History section