This High-Tech Rubik's Cube Lets You Compete With Friends Around the World

Particula, GoCube
Particula, GoCube

Casual players might treat a Rubik's cube as a relaxing way to pass the time, but for serious cubers, every session is an opportunity to best their personal record. Now, there's a new type of Rubik's cube that makes the classic game more competitive than ever. GoCube uses built-in sensors to record your performance and connect you with different players, as Fast Company reports.

The puzzle looks like a regular Rubik's cube, with nine moveable squares on each face. What makes it so different is its high-tech capabilities. Every time you twist a row, GoCube makes a note of it. The connected app shows you how long it took you to solve the cube and what you need to do to solve it even faster next time.

If you have friends with GoCubes of their own, you can battle them remotely. Just send an invitation through the app and their cube will light up to show that someone has challenged them to a game. But if you're the first one in your circle to get the toy, that isn't a problem—GoCube lets you compete with strangers around the world.

The new gadget isn't just for players who treat cubing like a sport. GoCube can also be used to play mini-games, like challenges that have users twist the cube to match a beat instead of trying to move as fast as possible.

GoCube is currently available on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. You can purchase your own GoCube through the crowdfunding platforms for $69, with delivery estimated for April of next year.

[h/t Fast Company]

Learn to Paint Like Bob Ross in an Upcoming Facebook Live Event

Public television hero Bob Ross may no longer be with us, but you can still paint happy little trees in his honor. October 29, 2018 marks what would have been the 76th birthday of the beloved art teacher to the masses, and to honor his memory, the Quarto Group—publisher of the new book Painting With Bob Ross—is hosting a live-streamed painting party online.

Painting With Bob Ross provides step-by-step instructions to help you create some of the master’s favorite oil landscapes on your own. While Quarto’s October 23 painting party (a collaboration with Bob Ross, Inc.) can’t teach you how to mimic Ross's soothing voice, the celebration does include a painting session with Bernie Oropallo, a Certified Ross Instructor, who will demonstrate the techniques that Ross taught on The Joy of Painting.

Promo for The Quarto Group's Bob Ross painting party
The Quarto Group

The live-streamed instructional session will take place within the offices of a youth arts center in Beverly, Massachusetts, called Express Yourself. Oropallo will lead you through the process of painting “Distant Mountains,” one of the artworks included in the new book.

The painting lesson kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on October 23. To participate, log onto Facebook and head to the QuartoCreates page to join the live event. Before it starts, check out the event page here for a list of the supplies you’ll need to complete the painting. If you can’t make it to a computer that night, grab Painting With Bob Ross on Amazon ($15) to get the next best thing. If that’s not enough for you, we suggest you curl up with the official Bob Ross art book and/or a Bob Ross coloring book.

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