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]

18 Disney Characters Just Got the LEGO Treatment

LEGO
LEGO

If you’ve ever wondered what one of Disney's princesses might look like standing next to Batman or Harry Potter, now's your chance to find out. LEGO has created minifigures of 18 characters from beloved Disney movies, and they’re a pretty diverse bunch.

There are Disney princesses and heroes, like Jasmine, Elsa, and Hercules. There are offbeat favorites, like Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. A couple villains were thrown into the mix for good measure, and classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also represented.

It has been a big week for both LEGO and Disney. The toy company announced the impending release of a 751-piece set that recreates the boat from Steamboat Willie, the 1928 short film that launched Mickey to stardom. The timing is also fitting, considering that Mickey recently celebrated his 90th birthday (not too bad for a mouse).

The S.S. Willie set will be available on April 1, but fans will have to wait a little longer for the Disney minifigures. Those will be available on the LEGO Store website and in stores nationwide starting May 1. Each minifigure costs $3.99.

Until then, check out some of the figures below, or browse LEGO’s selection of Disney-themed sets.

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

Disney’s Steamboat Willie Has Been Immortalized in LEGO

LEGO
LEGO

Mickey Mouse recently turned 90 years old, and soon, you’ll be able to celebrate with LEGO. Steamboat Willie, the classic Disney short film that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928, has now been recreated in a LEGO set that will be released on April 1.

The 751-piece LEGO version of the S.S. Willie features grayscale bricks that recreate the original black-and-white aesthetic of the original film. The 10-inch-long LEGO boat features moving steam pipes and paddle wheels and comes with new Mickey and Minnie minifigures. It’s also equipped with a ship’s wheel, a life buoy, a buildable bell, and a working crane that can lift the vessel’s potato-bin cargo.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

The Steamboat Willie set was born out of the company’s fan-generated LEGO Ideas initiative several years ago. Creator Máté Szabó submitted the idea to LEGO in June 2016, then LEGO designers John Ho and Crystal Marie Fontan worked to adapt the set for retail sale, creating decorative elements and the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse minifigures.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

Buy the kit on the LEGO Store website for $90 starting April 1. If you can't wait to get your LEGO fix, check out the company's other Mickey Mouse-themed products here.

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