Rubik's 360 is a 3D mechanical puzzle released in 2009 by Ernő Rubik, the inventor of Rubik's Cube and other puzzles. Rubik's 360 was introduced on February 5, 2009 at the Nürnberg International Toy Fair ahead of its worldwide release in August.
In contrast to most of Rubik's puzzles, Rubik's 360 is a physical challenge requiring manual dexterity, rather than learning of algorithms. The puzzle involves moving of six balls, each a different color, from a central sphere to six color-coded compartments in the outer sphere. This is done by maneuvering them through a middle sphere that only has two holes. There are three spheres that make up the puzzle.
Like Rubik's Cube, Rubik's 360 has only one solution, but it cannot be solved by being broken apart. It is considered suitable for all ages and, according to first reviews, it is very addictive and engaging.
The unofficial world record for solving this puzzle at a competition is 35.02 seconds, a record held by Martin Smith of the UK.
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- "Rubik's 360 world Ranking". Retrieved 2011-10-12.
- Rubik's official website
- Creator Ernő Rubik introduces the Rubik's 360 Exclusive interview with TIME
- Rubik's 360 News and Discussions
- Official UK website for the Rubik's 360
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