Google creates Doodle to celebrate Rubik’s cube 40th birthday with brain teasing puzzle
Google has created a doodle to mark the 40th birthday of the Rubik’s Cube. The American internet giant has devised one of its iconic illustrations to commemorate four decades since the creation of the brain-teasing toy. The interactive doodle lets internet users try to solve the puzzle online.
Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Erno Rubik, a Hungarian inventor, architect and professor of architecture. It was originally called Magic Cube, and Rubik licensed it to Ideal Toy Corp in 1980. In fact, Rubik was known for inventing mechanical puzzles – Rubik’s Cube Invention, the Rubik’s Magic 3D combination puzzle, Rubik’s Magic: Master Edition and the Rubik’s Snake. While Rubik’s Cube attracted people across the globe, the other inventions weren’t really popular.
The cube’s six faces are each made up of nine stickered squares, with each row and column being independently manipulable around a central pivot, meaning that squares can be moved to different positions on the 3D cube, with the aim of the puzzle being to return the cube to its original configuration, with each face one colour: red, blue, white, green, yellow and orange.
The fastest time it has taken for a human to solve the puzzle is 5.55 seconds. A robot can do it in 3.253 seconds – and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband can do it in one-and-a-half minutes.