Entire building becomes an operational Rubik's Cube

Jay Busbee

Did you ever solve the Rubik's Cube? Really? Want to put your skills to the test on a grand scale?

Javier Lloret, an Austrian student, has used a combination of lights and Bluetooth technology to transform an entire building in the city of Linz, Austria into a virtual, playable Rubik's Cube.

No, the Ars Electronica exhibition center itself doesn't move. Instead, a series of lights, calibrated to a handheld "interface cube," allow the player to try to "solve" the puzzle. Of course, due to the size of the building, only two sides are visible at any one time, meaning you need to be a little skillful in both strategy and execution.

Though it achieved its greatest fame in the '80s, the original Rubik's Cube was created in 1974. Since then, more than 350 million copies have been sold throughout the world. And a few were even solved without peeling the stickers off and repositioning them. According to the Daily Mail, the world record for solving a cube is 5.5 seconds, held by Matt Valk of Austria.

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