I Would Have No Use For It, Yet… WANT!!!

Posted on February 27, 2014 9:00 pm

The internet is oddly unhelpful in explaining how these things work. If anyone stumbles across the answer, drop it in the comments:


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10 Responses to “I Would Have No Use For It, Yet… WANT!!!”

  1. Veeshir says:

    Not sure how it works, unless it’s magnetism.

    I’ve read about an attempt to build robots that work that way, they would be able to position their parts to take many different shapes and their locomotion is pretty interesting.
    The Immortality Option, by James Hogan, has those robots, it’s the sequel to Code of the Lifemaker.

  2. rhs says:

    I’ve seen toys similar to this. They function this way because the edges are taped/bound together. The toys I have seen usually have a sticker binding multiple segments together.

  3. Harvey says:

    @2 – Can you drop a link to one of those toys in the comments?

  4. Rhs88 says:

    @3 – Here you go.
    http://image.ec21.com/image/lppromotions/oimg_GC04567276/Advertising_Magic_Cube.jpg

  5. Harvey says:

    @4 – Cool. That helps

  6. Anonymiss says:

    I guess you have to pay to download a “film” that tells you how they work.
    http://erikaberg.com/shop/

    Who wants to buy it and tell us the secret? :)

  7. Harvey says:

    @6 – Where’s Edward Snowden when you need him? :-)

  8. Bob W says:

    http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/02/ghostcubes-a-dazzling-system-of-interlocking-wooden-cubes-by-erik-aberg/

  9. Harvey says:

    @8 – Hmmmm… other than a little speculation (“seem to rely on hinges”) that guy doesn’t seem to know, either.

    Oddly, even with the close-up shots of the corners, I see nothing to indicate how those “hinges” work.

  10. HokieGomer says:

    Similar to a Jacob’s Ladder toy many kids play with, only on steroids. Likely connected with wire or high strenght monofilament line (fishing line). My guess it that different motions produce tension along differnt axis in the shape, therefore you get the numerous different configurations.

    I agree with your assessment, though…WANT!!!

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