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Rubik’s Cube House by Austrian Student

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An interactive giant Rubik’s Cube appeared in the Austrian town of Linz. A student from the Austrian University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz (Universität für Künstlerische und Industrielle Gestaltung Linz) Javier Lloret turned the Ars Electronica Exhibition Centre into the illuminated puzzle. Rubik’s Cube is simply assembled: the data is transferred from a small cube, printed with the 3D-printer, via Bluetooth LED on the facades of buildings. And the facades, in their turn, change the color to match the player’s moves.

Puzzle Facade: Intercative Rubik’s Cube House

Ars Electronica Exhibition Centre in Linz (Austria), intercative Puzzle Facade by Javier Lloret

Ars Electronica Exhibition Centre in Linz (Austria), intercative Puzzle Facade by Javier Lloret 

Lloret created a device to control the backlight of the facade of the building. This device is a model of a Rubik’s cube, which hides inside a laptop computer on the Arduino platform, Bluetooth-module, and a set of sensors, fixing the position of the cube and relative positions of the cube’s elements.

Rotating the face of the cube the user operates the lighting of the Ars Electronica building facade. At the same time color is not indicated at the control module element. So one should assemble the puzzle fully focusing on highlighting of the building. The user can simultaneously see only two faces of the cube. In order to see the others they will have to rotate the cube. The facade’s lighting changes as you rotate the cube.

A laptop computer Arduino that became the basis of the hardware control module can now be purchased at a price of $10, and a software platform that manages its operation does not require advanced knowledge of programming. In this particular case, it operates on a small battery and communicates by Bluetooth-channel with a laptop, which sends data to the software that controls the illumination of the facade.

Ars Electronica Exhibition Centre in Linz (Austria), intercative Puzzle Facade by Javier Lloret

Ars Electronica Exhibition Centre in Linz (Austria), intercative Puzzle Facade by Javier Lloret 

Ars Electronica is engaged in the organization and conduct of the eponymous international competition in digital art and implementing a number of projects in the field of digital and media arts.

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