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GoForSmoke

Back in the 70's a buddy got a Parker Bros Soma Cube and we'd mess with it. It's a puzzle block with 7 different shaped pieces that can form different shapes, some in many ways --- the 3x3x3 cube reportedly has at least 240 different solutions.

I found that others now sell the same basic thing, mainly made of wood instead of hard plastic. I bought the SainSmart cube because each piece is a different color whereas slightly cheaper ones are bare wood and the original was either all read or all blue.

It's more of a thinking toy than a find the solution puzzle and I find it very satisfying for eye-hand mostly non-word exercise. I pick up each piece and turn it around in my fingers while getting the shape/feel into my mind and hands. Don't laugh too loud, the brain may be the seat of thought but your reflexes hold a LOT of grown-in "processing capacity". Then I start arranging 2 blocks just to see how they fit and end up, and start to try the next and then look for how the rest build on, where it fails and generally it doesn't take too long from there before I either get a solution or change the base and work up to one while at no time actually thinking "moves ahead", I let the see-and-do parts of me show me the answers.

One place to find them is Amazon. They want $10 and the shipping from guess where took about 2-3 weeks.

I do remember with the Parker cube they had a sheet with different non-cube shapes to try and make and that with more than one cube there were other bigger shapes possible, of course using all the pieces.

IIRC this was invented by the same guy who made the Rubik's Cube and/or Tetris, the SainSmart Soma Cube box says Tetris Cube on one side.

Anyhow, fun brain toy that's a bit like working with program strategy, if it seems interesting then you might like it.
Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

TomGeorge

Hi,

Please read the first post in any forum entitled how to use this forum.
http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php/topic,148850.0.html

Please include links to date/spec sheets please.. lol

Tom.... :)
Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running....

GoForSmoke

#2
Jun 18, 2017, 08:54 pm Last Edit: Jun 18, 2017, 08:58 pm by GoForSmoke
Hey, I'm not affiliated to Amazon or Sainsmart or any of that. I found a neat thing and want others to know of and be able to get the same. That's not advertising except word of mouth for no payback but possible smiles and look what I get! What kind of Bar is this anyway, the Marred-Duh-Logo?

And this isn't a homework assignment but could you give me the code to solve every possible combination and predict the weather 10 years in advance to the day and hour?
Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

Qdeathstar

I also wanted pics :(

TomGeorge

Ohh I'm waiting for the schematic...  1970's technology.. LM555, LM741, 7400 digital, Nicads, LM78XX...  Space Cowboy stuff..

:) :o :) :o :) :o :)
I did have one, I think...........
Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running....

GoForSmoke

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Jun 19, 2017, 12:23 am Last Edit: Jun 19, 2017, 12:28 am by GoForSmoke


google search sainsmart soma cube

They're made of wood. You plug them into your imagination through grasp and sight.
Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

Qdeathstar

WHAT!? No blinky lights? COUNT ME OUT!

TomGeorge

Yup, thats them, but mine was unpainted, au naturale.   :o :o :o
Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running....

GoForSmoke

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Jun 20, 2017, 03:02 am Last Edit: Jun 20, 2017, 03:09 am by GoForSmoke
The originals are hard plastic, red or blue. I like the colors more, know the pieces by color, it helps me see how they link knowing what the block is like even behind the one it's linked with. I get into the shapes and come up with solutions.

I think it teaches/strengthens ways of thinking useful in coding.

There's another game named Master Mind that you can find coded for PC's that teach hard logic thinking very well too. It's kind of a 'the other side' thing.
Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts

TomGeorge

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Jun 20, 2017, 04:20 am Last Edit: Jun 20, 2017, 04:20 am by TomGeorge
MasterMind..yes... (It was good when your dad managed a toyshop)
Everything runs on smoke, let the smoke out, it stops running....

Boardburner2

I was given one of those in wood by the open university.

It was part of a design course, i had to do a 3d exploded drawing of various bits.

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