One of the best-selling puzzles of all times, the Rubik’s cube started as a simple exercise for design students. The 3x3x3 cube has us all working our brain cells and yet, we never seem to be able to get it right. Let’s see what has made us this obsessed with just a cube.
Here’s a brief look at the history of the most iconic puzzles of all times- the Rubik’s cube.
#1. When it all started
Erno Rubik, a Hungarian architecture professor invented the cube in 1974. He was trying to create a 3D mechanism whose part could move independently without letting the object fall apart. He intended to use it as a teaching tool. But it didn’t end at just inventing the cube. He realized the more difficult task was to put it together after he had unscrambled the pieces. It took him more than one month to solve his own puzzle.
#2. A new toy is introduced
After introducing the puzzle to his students who absolutely loved it, Mr. Rubik realized that it could be possible to produce it in large quantities due to its simple design. The main characteristic of contradiction between its simple design and complexity in solving was the idea behind its mass production and why he was so certain that public would buy it. It was then patented in Hungary in 1975 and sold as Magic Cubes. However, when the cube went international in 1980, it was renamed as Rubik’s cube.