BUILDINGS AS A RUBIK’s CUBE
In the city of Linz in Austria, an entire building has been transformed into a giant Rubik’s cube that can even be “played” (although only at twilight).
It is the Ars Electronica Exhibition Centre, and the creator of this ingenious electronic wizardry is the Austrian student Javier Lloret, who used the project to the University for his thesis about interfaces, calling it “Puzzle facade.”
The cube’s faces correspond to different building’s area expressly illuminated with different colors, like the Rubik’s cube. The player interacts with a normal Rubik’s Cube (not colored), specially designed, which, via Bluetooth, sends the data (orientation and rotation of its blocks) to a computer placed in the building. This one runs the Puzzle Facade designed software, that transforms the rotation of the cube’s blocks in different colors, varying in real time the color of the lights placed in the corresponding building’s areas.
Because of its complexity, only two sides of the building are lit and interact with the player’s interface (the cube). However, turning the cube, the player see directly on the building how the other two cube’s sides look like, setting accordingly. This does not preclude the solution of the game, but makes it just a little more complicated.
Thanks to teachers, friends and relatives, Javier was able to work on all aspects of the project: concept, electronics, programming and realization, with the permission of the Ars Electronica Exhibition Centre.
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