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 Post subject: 3D Gear Cube - massproducts
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:14 pm 
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Amazing. Glad to see another creative 'non-twisty' puzzle brought to the market.

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Oh my God. My heart has just stopped. I think I'll take a trip up to the hospital... :lol:

I'm gonna buy a couple of these at least. Excellent work, well done Oskar and Uwe!

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Ooooo Nice one!

When I'll have a little bit more money I'll buy some gear stuff!

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Holy Whoa! This is awesome! I'll be getting it as soon as possible!


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Nice choise for mass production! Good job guys!

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That is awesome news! Where did you find this? Don't see anything on mefferts or jade.

And the fancy hex package makes me think uwe is aiming for a much bigger market with this one!

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The packaging on it looks like it's from the same company that was selling the original Gear Cube in Japan:

http://en.akihabaranews.com/?gallery=1& ... &image=010


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OHHHHHHHH. YEEES.
BEST CUBE to be massproduced in a while. WOW.
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I am very slightly confused on this: is it a geared 2x2x2 or a completely different puzzle? I've seen it done before and I'm very excited that I may soon be able to own one (for all you impatient types: you can make it out of paper).

Also, I'm on the Mefferts mailing list and I haven't gotten any notification about this. How did you find out about this, grigr?

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Gear Cube - massproducts
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GoombaGeek wrote:
for all you impatient types: you can make it out of paper).


That's nothing like the puzzle presented here. Search 'Gear Shift' and should see what it is. It's a gear-only puzzle, but where you can seperate halves on all three axes and turn them or turn it as a solid cube.

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Luke wrote:
GoombaGeek wrote:
for all you impatient types: you can make it out of paper).


That's nothing like the puzzle presented here. Search 'Gear Shift' and should see what it is. It's a gear-only puzzle, but where you can seperate halves on all three axes and turn them or turn it as a solid cube.

Oh, actually? It did say it was "simplified"... :?

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Gear Cube - massproducts
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GoombaGeek wrote:
Luke wrote:
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for all you impatient types: you can make it out of paper).


That's nothing like the puzzle presented here. Search 'Gear Shift' and should see what it is. It's a gear-only puzzle, but where you can seperate halves on all three axes and turn them or turn it as a solid cube.

Oh, actually? It did say it was "simplified"... :?


No, those paper ones were never puzzles. This is Oscar's own invention.

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nice. but I don't think I'll get one. it just doesn't appeal to me.

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Now that I see how it turns, I'm not sure I'm as interested. I think I will still get it though, just because it has such an original turning style.


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Incredible! I can't wait!

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Yay! I've been wondering when this would happen ;)

Is there any info about when it will be released? or the quantities there will be? Because I really dont want to miss this one!

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I think this puzzle is one of my favorites from Oskar. I'm almost positive I'm going to buy this one!

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Sjoerd wrote:
That is awesome news! Where did you find this? Don't see anything on mefferts or jade.

And the fancy hex package makes me think uwe is aiming for a much bigger market with this one!


Yeah I don't find anything either. A link would be very helpful.

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No freaking way! This is fantastic!

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Wow :shock: , such a good puzzle for mass production. I hope it sells well, it should appeal to a rather wide audience. I'm sure even people with no chance of solving it would enjoy playing around with it.

I have wanted one since I first saw Oskar's :) .

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Hooray! I've always wanted one of these.

I hope they don't use the bizarre color scheme the Japanese retail Gear Cube got...


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I'm in Japan at the moment and these 3D Gear Cubes are being mass retailed at big department stores like Loft & Tokyu Hands.

I picked up a Meffert 3D Gear Cube Extreme (or Master as it's packaged in Japan). It's got those amazing German vinyl florescent stickers.


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you can use this search link:
http://www.google.ru/#sclient=psy&hl=ru ... 80&bih=931

and can find You cube :)
http://getnews.jp/archives/124307
http://news.biglobe.ne.jp/trend/0620/ga ... 14684.html

and buy it
http://www.amazon.co.jp/3D-GEAR-CUBE-%E ... B00564ZEFQ

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Nice!!! I'll be getting one. But I see a puzzle in this image that hasn't been mentioned yet.

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Anyone have a larger (and perferably translated) image of the sign Uwe is standing in front of? What is the puzzle which fills in the outline with a "?" in it?

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wwwmwww wrote:
Nice!!! I'll be getting one. But I see a puzzle in this image that hasn't been mentioned yet.

Anyone have a larger (and perferably translated) image of the sign Uwe is standing in front of? What is the puzzle which fills in the outline with a "?" in it?

Carl


When I save and enlarge the image, it shows the outline is just the outline of a cube, with a red border. The speech bubble coming out of it says "Coming Soon" and the it is under the 2012 section of the sign. I'm not sure there's anything else we can figure out from it.


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When I save and enlarge the image, it shows the outline is just the outline of a cube, with a red border. The speech bubble coming out of it says "Coming Soon" and the it is under the 2012 section of the sign. I'm not sure there's anything else we can figure out from it.
That actually may be enough. If it has gears and its a cube and we assume its one of Oskar's puzzles which I think is a safe bet what does that leave:

(1) Even Less Gears (not worthy of this threadment as its made from the same parts as the Gear Cube Master)
(2) Geared 5x5x5
(3) Bram's Cube (I don't feel the gears are prominent enough to call this a Gear Cube)

So does this mean we have a mass produced Geared 5x5x5 in our future? Boy I hope so...

Carl

P.S. There is another option...

(4) Gear Skewb

Missed it on my first pass as its no longer listed in Oskar's Shapeways shop. Hmmm... should I be reading between the lines there?

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O my I hope it's the gear skewb!

Every sign points to this puzzle. Just like the gear shift has vanashed from Shapeways and YouTube so has the gear skewb. It is also the simplist of the designs. Please let me be right!

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Thanks for Oskar's brilliant designs. Then, we always have new creative puzzles.

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Wow! I want one. Do we know when we will be able to buy from Meffert's or through Jade Club?

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Here you go!

Remember, this is a test version so not at all like what you will be getting.

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Oskar's gear puzzles sure have created quite an impact in the world. I would really love to see one of his many jumbling concoctions get mass-produced someday.

I'll probably never be able to walk into a major US retail store and buy one of these, but we can always hope! Japan always gets the best stuff. :P

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:lol: :lol: Find a US seller/chain to foot the production bill and you never know what you will get. But yeah, it's not fair is it?

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Sorry I dont understand


The puzzle without be opened is too easy?

And when you open it increase the difficulty?

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Juanan, the way I understand it is if you open the pieces and twist one side, then close it and then open it the other way, it becomes more difficult to solve. But. I can't say that for sure because I've seen no one do it!

I can see screws in it, so when I get one of the MP'd ones, I'll muck it royally to try and answer your question.

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Not splitting the halves is like turning one side of the normal Gear Cube again and again. Okay, so it may scramble the puzzle, but it will solve itself eventually just by doing the same move.

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O my I hope it's the gear skewb!
That's what I'm reading between the lines. I'm sure it disappeared for a reason.

However that does raise another interesting question... Why hasn't the Caution Cube disappeared?

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wwwmwww wrote:
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O my I hope it's the gear skewb!
That's what I'm reading between the lines. I'm sure it disappeared for a reason.

However that does raise another interesting question... Why hasn't the Caution Cube disappeared?

Carl


I was searching for the gear shift yesterday, and it was also gone from his youtube AND his shapeways. See the pattern here? ;)

I hope it does get produced. Just like the Gear Shift it's a great mass production candidate.

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wwwmwww wrote:
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O my I hope it's the gear skewb!
That's what I'm reading between the lines. I'm sure it disappeared for a reason.

However that does raise another interesting question... Why hasn't the Caution Cube disappeared?

Carl


Perhaps he puts them back after production. That, or removing them is a new request.

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Perhaps he puts them back after production. That, or removing them is a new request.
Yes, I'm not really expecting Oskar to answer this question. I suspect this is related to business decisions going on behind the scenes. Still... its an "interesting" question...

I'm also curious what Oskar and Uwe think of our "guessing" too but I assume they approved the published poster with the "?" cube so it seems to invite guessing to me. Based on the info at hand it seems the "guess" is rather obvious. ;)

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I was searching for the gear shift yesterday, and it was also gone from his youtube AND his shapeways.

When I look on shapeways, I see the Gear Shift here. Also, on that page, there is a YouTube video of the puzzle. The link to the YouTube video works too, though it goes to an unlisted video. Can anyone else view these? The link I posted works for me right now, but it may not later.


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wwwmwww wrote:
I'm also curious what Oskar and Uwe think of our "guessing" too but I assume they approved the published poster with the "?" cube so it seems to invite guessing to me.

This poster is from 2011 International Tokyo Toy Show, where Meffert presented these puzzles in public: News at news.biglobe.ne.jp (machine translated from Japanese)

Usually Meffert asks to remove a puzzle from public sources (such as YouTube or Shapeways shop) when he's in the process of applying for a Chinese patent - else the puzzle may be considered as public domain. After the application has been lodged, it can be back again.

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Question is, where has the Twist & Slide puzzle gone? :wink:

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I was searching for the gear shift yesterday, and it was also gone from his youtube AND his shapeways.

When I look on shapeways, I see the Gear Shift here. Also, on that page, there is a YouTube video of the puzzle. The link to the YouTube video works too, though it goes to an unlisted video. Can anyone else view these? The link I posted works for me right now, but it may not later.


I can view both now, thanks. I was having trouble connecting to his shop before, so I looked it up on this forum and found a link in someone's post to the Gear Shift. It said it was a 404 error. I'm assuming it was taken down, then relisted.

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Gear Cube - massproducts
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:13 am 
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Timur wrote:
Usually Meffert asks to remove a puzzle from public sources (such as YouTube or Shapeways shop) when he's in the process of applying for a Chinese patent - else the puzzle may be considered as public domain. After the application has been lodged, it can be back again.
That actually makes perfect sense. Thanks. I guess the threads here on these puzzles aren't considered public enough sources for the Chinese to check. I'd hate to someday see the twistypuzzle.com site itself stand in the way of getting a puzzle mass produced. Maybe puzzle designers should have a means to "hide" threads about their puzzles just as they can take down YouTube videos and items on Shapeways? Not really sure if that is an issue or not...

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 Post subject: Re: 3D Gear Cube - massproducts
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:59 pm 
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This post is a lie.
I hope it’s the gear skewb.


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 Post subject: Re: 3D Gear Cube - massproducts
PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:08 pm 
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eye2eye wrote:
The original gear cube is also gone.(The one where it looks like a 3x3) Clearly more than 1 puzzles are gone. So not the best basis of our guessing. (It does help limit the options though)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf2OnAKUuZg&feature=channel_video_title

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