The iconic Rubik’s Cube drove me nuts when I had one. Fast forward a few decades to today’s Heykube, a next-gen, technology-driven version of the toy that’s much more fun and much less frustrating.
The programmable six-sided, 3-by-3 smart cube puzzle teaches you how to solve it — a nice, modern advantage over the ’80s version. Players solve scrambles with hints and different levels of difficulty, including quick solve and learn to solve.
Heykube allows users to create, share and solve their own algorithms via Python. Users with a Raspberry Pi can access the Heykube’s Python library for controlling the lights and sounds in the cubed smart toy. The Heykube companion app is available for sharing with others and watching tutorials.
Solving the puzzle is the same as in the past: turn the pieces up, down and sideways, with each side’s center square determining the color for that side.
The tutorials and the LED lights lend a helping hand in solving at first, as there are tricks to know and learn. Sometimes the solution was quick, but other times it brought me the same frustration and determination as the older cube.
The lights on the center-piece rotate, telling you the rotating direction. When the sound changes, the mode has changed. The hints can be turned on or off, making it programmable to a different level of difficulty.
Inside the Bluetooth-enabled Heykube is a microprocessor and long-lasting internal battery. The cube charges via micro USB (cable included). $79.99, heykube.com