Originally, I saw the NeoCube on geekbrief.
I ordered mine immediately!
The NeoCube is 216 spherical high-energy rare-earth magnets.
NdFeB to be exact. Incredibly strong for their tiny size.
I know... the nerds are already sold!
Don't let the videos fool you, this is really a wonderful puzzle. Because each magnet has a North and South pole, not every configuration will "stick" together.
It took me a few weeks of playing around before I was able to create the cube shape.
- Years of entertainment.
- Jewelry! (Cali Lewis of geekbrief has appeared wearing one; my nieces made a number of pieces of jewelry out out of mine.)
- Just plain cool. Everyone who visits my desk wants to play with it.
- Finding a lost sphere. They don't become detached too easily, but when a ball goes rolling, it will often find its way onto metal chair legs, appliance faces or other unusual places.
- Because of the incredible strength of the magnets, you'll want to keep them away from electronic devices, pacemakers, and cards with magnetic strips.
- Not safe for children who might ingest them.
- Callouses. I've actually developed callouses on my thumb and index finger from "pinching off" spheres.
Here's my creations to date:
I'll do a posting in November on some of the basic techniques.
This is the perfect gift for that nerd in your life.
* UPDATE *
I just found video tutorials on the NeoCube web site. This will save you tons of time in learning the basics!
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