Google’s Digital Rubik’s Cubes Lab Lets People Reinvent The Classic Game
The tech company built a series of Chrome experiments to commemorate the 40th birthday of the puzzle.
Back in 1974, Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik created his now world famous Rubik’s Cube as a teaching tool to help his students understand the concept of space and the three dimensions better. Little did he know that the Rubik’s Cube would turn out to be something so much more. The cube first became widely popular in the 1980’s, and continues to fascinate, puzzle, frustrate, and amaze people of all ages. It has also helped get kids from all over the world interested in math and problem-solving.
To celebrate the 40th birthday of the Rubik’s Cube, Google built the Chrome Cube Lab — a place where visitors can discover a series of Chrome experiments that reinterpret the classic puzzle, and create their own original projects.
According to Ernő Rubik,
The Cube challenged us to find order in chaos. Since then, technology has made fantastic progress in bringing new possibilities to how we learn and how we tackle bewildering complexity. Chrome Cube Lab takes full advantage of that progress by encouraging curiosity and problem-solving skills—the very reason the Cube was created in the first place.
Visitors to the site are encouraged to develop their own project or tinker with existing ones like the 808 Cube, a web synthesizer that lets people create their own beats, or the ImageCube, which lets people create a shareable cube of their own images and GIFs. Some of the other cube experiments featured on Chrome Cube Lab includes the Type Cube, the Synth Cube, the City Cube, and more.
The web technologies that fuel the Chrome Cube Lab include Three.JS, HTML5 & CSS3, Google Fonts, and, of course, Chrome.
Aside from launching the Chrome Cube Lab, Google also paid tribute to the Rubik’s cube by featuring it as the Google doodle for May 19th. People can manipulate the cube doodle with their mouse or use keyboard shortcuts to try and solve the puzzle.
Google also released a video that paid tribute to Ernő Rubik and his cube. Check out the video.