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The first prototype based on Arduino was developed in 2017 (The concept of the puzzle was proposed by Savva Osipov in 2016). The Russian patent was obtained by Ilya and Savva Osipov in 2017. An early prototype was presented on June 8, 2017 at a scientific conference CALL in UC Berkeley, and in May 2018, the puzzle was presented to the general public at the Maker Faire exhibition in Santa Clara, California.
WOWCube is a electronic device cube which consists of eight self-contained modules, with 24 subdisplays and rotate like elements of Rubik’s Cube. Magnetic connectors used for data exchange between the self-contained modules to make user feel like it is homogeneous device. The console combines the properties of physical gadgets, such dynamic twiddling toys (e.g., Fidget spinner), and digital gaming consoles in one unit.
The unit consists of eight identical sections which exchange data via groups of magnetic contacts. The contacts, along with acting as communicating devices, allows the player to observe the gaming process on common faces comprised by displays of four adjacent sections.
Each section contains:
- three 1.4″ 240×240 IPS TFT displays equipped with Gorilla Glass;
- an MT2523D Energy efficient SoC microcontroller 208 MHz clock speed;
- 8Mb RAM
- an 64 MB flash memory;
- a 6-axis gyroscope and an accelerometer;
- a 540 mA/h battery, and
- a Bluetooth 4.2 + Bluetooth LE module for connection with a smartphone or a tablet PC.
The size of the unit is 2.75″ × 2.75″ × 2.75″ (70×70×70mm), weight is 12.3 oz (350 g). The frame is made of an ABS polymer.
- "Editor's Choice" at Maker Fair Exhibition, May 2018, Santa Clara, California.
- "Audience award" at Startup Competition SVOD’18 held in Computer History Museum.
- "Finalists" at World Technology Award in the IT Hardware, 2018
- Larry D. Nichols's 2×2×2 "Puzzle with Pieces Rotatable in Groups", invented in 1972
- Rubik’s Cube, invented in 1974
- Combination puzzle (sequential move puzzle)
- Game console
- Pocket Cube
- Distributed cognition
- Dean Takahashi (2018-05-30). "Cubios' WowCube is a handheld game console inspired by Rubik's Cube". VentureBeat. https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/30/cubios-wowcube-is-a-handheld-game-console-inspired-by-rubiks-cube/. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
- Por Noelia Núñez (2018-08-02). "El joven prodigio de 13 años que ha convertido el cubo de Rubik en videoconsola" (in es). El País. https://elfuturoesapasionante.elpais.com/el-joven-prodigio-de-14-anos-que-ha-convertido-el-cubo-de-rubik-en-videoconsola/. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
- Template:Cite conference
- "patent RU2644313C1: 'Electronic device with volumetric transformable display' 2017" (in en). Google Patents. https://patents.google.com/patent/RU2644313C1/en. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
- Template:Cite conference
- WOWCUBE at Maker Faire Bay Area 2018, Zone 8 in Sequoia: Mixed Reality
- Josiah Motley (2018-05-31). "WOWCube is a digital, interactive gadget". KnowTechie. https://knowtechie.com/wowcube-gadget/. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
- "Patent WO2018075714 "ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR" 2018" (in en). WIPO.int. https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf;?docId=WO2018075714. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
- Maker Faire Ribbon Winners
- SVOD'18 Winners
- "2018 World Technology Awards Winners" (in en). www.wtn.net (The World Technology Network). 2018. https://www.wtn.net/2018/world-technology-awards-winners-and-finalists. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
- "Patent US3655201 A: 'Pattern forming puzzle and method with pieces rotatable in groups' by Larry D. Nichols, 1970" (in en). Google Patents. https://www.google.com/patents/US3655201. Retrieved 2017-07-25.
- "Patent US4378117: 'Spatial logical toy' by Erno Rubik, 1974" (in en). Google Patents. https://www.google.com/patents/US4378117. Retrieved 2017-07-25.