Above:Waddington's Orb-It. This version has blue and yellow beads at the poles and red and green beads near the equator
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A bead-moving puzzle that came in at least four different versions.
Each pole ring has 8 beads, and each equatorial ring has 20 beads. Some versions vary on which colours go where (see pictures).
The puzzle isn't too difficult, only requiring a few simple tricks to solve.
The Orb is a fun puzzle to manipulate. It turns smoothly, has a massage-like effect, and makes a lot more noise than we twisty fans are used to!
It has US patent US4,553,754 (Filed 16 Feb 1982, granted 19 Nov 1985) and British patent GB 8113543 (1 May 1981).
It is a little known fact that Wiggs and Taylor also designed the Rubik's Clock.
The Orb was also distributed by Tomy in Japan with blue and white body.
There exists a seperate entry for the soviet version (Magic parallels - Volshebnye paralleli).
Image 16 (Courtesy, The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana) shows a taiwanese clone.
Diameter: 85 mm
Weight: 109 grams
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