This Building is Controlled by a 3D-Printed Rubik's Cube

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If you were walking down the street and someone handed you a completely colorless Rubik's cube and asked if you wanted to have a go, chances are you'd hand it back with a quick, "nahhhh, I'm cool." And you would just keep on walking. BUT! What if you looked up and saw the device was actually controlling an entire, rainbow-hued building all lit up and shining right in front of you?

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Javier Lloret's Puzzle Facade allowed people on the street to "solve" the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria. Housed within the white 3D printed case were a series of electronic components—including Arduino and a bluetooth modem—that connected to a computer running his special software, all of which controlled the large-scale lights.

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Illustration for article titled This Building is Controlled by a 3D-Printed Rubiks Cube

How neat would it be if you had the opportunity to operate the lights on the Empire State Building for even a minute, or to choreograph the twinkling on San Francisco's Bay Bridge? To see something that massive respond instantly to your touch from afar—through a 3D-printed Rubik's cube, of all things—would be incredible.

On a (somewhat) smaller scale, given the chance, I'm guessing this Aussie couple could have a lot of festive fun with this tech come Christmas time next year. [Core77]

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2noob2banoob
Zeust the Mepsuan

Seems awesome, especially considering I can solve the cube and probably make the crowd on the street to go all Wow. Though I guess it's harder when I can't turn the whole cube around because i can't see the bottom and I have to transform al the algorithms.