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Google Rubik's Cube Doodle (Browser)

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Description

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the invention of the spatial geometry toy by Hungarian Ernő Rubik, this Doodle presents a digital version of the toy. The Rubik's Cube puzzle presents a cube whose six faces are each divided vertically three times and horizontally three times, making six groups of nine squares (or 54 squares overall.) Each face starts in a unified colour but within a few twists along its axes, the coloured squares end up jumbled all around the cube's surfaces. The goal of this Doodle, as with the real-life toy, is to twist and turn its moving parts so as to reunite all the squares of each colour on one face of the cube each.

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Trivia

May 19th

The Doodle doesn't commemorate a specific date, merely the 40th year since the toy's invention. But the specific number encoded in the day-month combination -- 5/19 -- is shorthand for the 519 quintillion potential cube configurations.

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Google had long wanted to implement a Rubik's Cube Doodle, but the existing complement of web technologies was never yet sufficient to convey the desired experience. Not until now! The missing ingredient was CSS 3-D Transforms.

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Pseudo_Intellectual (44272) added Google Rubik's Cube Doodle (Browser) on May 20, 2014