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 Post subject: Im-puzzle-ball
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 4:34 am 
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hello All,as a leaving present from my last job I got given a puzzle called Im-puzzle-ball.It is 3 x 3 sphere that moves exactly like a rubiks cube,in which the object of the puzzle is to move two ball from the entrance to the exit via twentysix rooms,due to the different sizes of the balls they cannot take the same route.I know it is not quite a traditional twisty puzzle,due to the fact that you're not solving the faces,but moving the rooms.It is produced by Funtime Gifts Ltd.,Units 1 & 2 Old Post Office Lane,Kidbrooke,London,SE 3 9 BY.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:34 am 
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I've just found the picture on the internet.

Can you actually twist it or is it just a ball maze?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:34 am 
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Very interesting.

@Vadim: He said it moves like a Rubik's Cube, so I'm going to assume so. It doesn't look like it does, does it?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:05 pm 
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The description here:
http://www.shop.edirectory.co.uk/presentfinder/1306/mig/d/ultimate+3d+maze+puzzle+ball+utterly+im+puzzle+ball/pid/3962739
indicates that it's a cross between a maze and a Rubik's Cube, so I think that confirms it.

It looks really neat - I want one! :)


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:10 am 
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Yes Vadim,that's the one.It does move like a rubiks' cube.But after reading the writeup in one of the links provided I can't help thinking how much of a moron the reviewer is,as the puzzle was solved by my 7yr old niece in 30 mins.I think with a little bit of thought it could have made a lot harder,instead it just a interesting use the principle behind the rubiks' cube,Harry.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:12 am 
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Ben Hendry wrote:
The description here:
http://www.shop.edirectory.co.uk/presentfinder/1306/mig/d/ultimate+3d+maze+puzzle+ball+utterly+im+puzzle+ball/pid/3962739
indicates that it's a cross between a maze and a Rubik's Cube, so I think that confirms it.

It looks really neat - I want one! :)


Haha, fiendish when a 7-yr old solves it in 30 minutes. Hmm this somehow reminds me of when an album (a CD) is heavily promoted on TV. The more promotion an album gets the worse or more mediocre it normally is :wink: Do we need more Michael Bolton albums? :twisted:

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:54 pm 
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My family managed to find me one in town. It was sold out in many shops.
They found it in "G4" store, though it was called "KO Sphere", not Im-puzzle-ball"
There were instructions on the box, which mentioned this site: http://www.lepatocoltd.com/product.htm
Not sure if they are the inventors of this puzzle.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 4:41 pm 
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They are the inventers:

Publication number: US2006226600
Publication date: 2006-10-12
Inventor: FANG CHIH-CHUNG (TW); CHEN YING-JEN (TW)
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Classification: A63F9/08; A63F9/06;
Priority number(s): US20050099630 20050406
http://v3.espacenet.com/textdoc?DB=EPOD ... 226600&F=0

German patent: DE102005016608
http://v3.espacenet.com/textdoc?DB=EPOD ... 016608&F=0

Nice video here:
http://www.lepatocoltd.com/flash/OK-DEMONSTRATE.WMV

The patent shows the same idea for a cubic 5x5x5 and a barrel shaped 4x4x4.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 6:08 pm 
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Wow. That video was actually really cool.

Such a unique concept.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:31 am 
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Looks like a really interesting puzzle.

How difficult is it?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2006 12:38 pm 
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Not too tricky, though nice to play with and a nice addition to the collection.
Can't have too many of them though: they are so big!
Vadim


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:22 pm 
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Any news on where you can get one?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:13 am 
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I can only find it in UK shops:

http://www.best-toys-uk.com/details.php ... _ball.html

http://www.gadgetsuk.com/IM-Puzzle-Ball-p-17136.html

http://www.shop.edirectory.co.uk/presen ... l&cid=1306

In the last one id deducts tax for you outside UK!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:49 pm 
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Hey guys it looks really cool. If anyone spots one at a US shop, let us know!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 2:28 pm 
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Vadim wrote:


I ordered one from Present Finder, the third link above, and it arrived today.

This puzzle is larger than I thought it would be, but it comes with a nice stand to put it on. It definitely makes for a nice addition to my collection.

Jaap

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I ordered on too from Present Finder. $27 to the USA. I will post how long it takes once it arrives.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 3:58 pm 
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Be sure to tell in your order whether you prefer the gray ball (with blue stand) or the white ball (with white stand). Though I don't know whether they take care about it. I ordered two (one for my brother) without telling our preferences and got both versions. Only then I noticed that already their picture (also in this thread) shows both versions. In any color, it's a nice idea and a big addition to my collection. The diameter is about 12cm (nearly 5 inches).

I also found the Chinese patent: CN2770737Y


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:25 pm 
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Wow, I ordered on Oct 31st and I have it on the 6th in the USA.

I received the White Ball on the White stand. This is a big puzzle.

I have yet to open it and see how it turns.

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This is great. I got mine (white) in about 3 days also


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Anyone solve one of these yet?

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Mr.Twisty wrote:
Anyone solve one of these yet?
Doesn't seem that hard.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:09 am 
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It should not take you too long to solve,I say about 10-15 min.It is a nice idea,that is poorly thought out and executed,Harry.


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IT seems interesting

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