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 Post subject: Puzzle Concept: 'Rolling' cubes.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:31 am 
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You have a cube sitting on one square of a square grid.
The cube may move to any empty square sharing an edge with its current square.
The cube moves by performing a 90 degree rotation about the edge between the square it is currently on and the square it is moving too.
For example, if the cube's d face is against the square the cube is sitting on and the f face is facing forward, than moving one square forward will put the f face against the grid and the u face facing forward.

Given this kind of movement, I have the following questions:
1. Given sufficient space in which to move around a given square of the grid, can the cube be placed onto the given square in all 24 orientations?
2. What is the minimal space needed to allow a cube to be placed onto a given square in all possible orientations?
3. Are any extra restrictions of orientation placed on the cube if the target square is along an edge of the grid or in a corner?
4. Are there any physical puzzles that use this kind of movement?
5. Would a 15 puzzle with this type of movement allow for the swapping of two cubes while having all cubes in the correct orientation?
6. How many states would a 15 puzzle with this kind of movement have?

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle Concept: 'Rolling' cubes.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:59 pm 
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Hi Jeffery,

Rolling Cube puzzles have been around for a while - here is a good article on the topic:
http://www.logicmazes.com/rc/precdnts.html

Jaap has an example puzzle here:
http://www.jaapsch.net/puzzles/eightcub.htm

And here is a research paper on the topic:
http://cccg.ca/proceedings/2007/05b5full.pdf

There is also a new puzzle out by the company Popular Playthings, called Tut's Tablet, which uses a rolling cube:
http://www.popularplaythings.com/index.php?id_product=70412&controller=product

(I don't know the answers to your specific questions offhand.)

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle Concept: 'Rolling' cubes.
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:22 am 
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This reminds me of this puzzle I created for the release of the helicopter cube.


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle Concept: 'Rolling' cubes.
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I remember that! I got a coupon for solving it. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle Concept: 'Rolling' cubes.
PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:22 am 
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JasonSmith wrote:
This reminds me of this puzzle I created for the release of the helicopter cube.

What is this?

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle Concept: 'Rolling' cubes.
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I believe that the QVoid iPad/iPhone app is an implementation of a rolling cube puzzle game.

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