It's Braque To Me
December 31, 2008 2:40 PM   Subscribe

The Yoshimoto Cube. The cube transforms into two stellated rhombic dodecahedrons.
posted by Xurando (23 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

I was duly unimpressed until the video in the third link, at which point I turned a hard left straight into bewilderment. That's pretty neat!
posted by steef at 2:48 PM on December 31, 2008

I have one of the simple cube ones, picked up at a trade show. It has NASA pictures, and it is like a cat chasing a laser pointer. Hours of fun.
posted by zengargoyle at 3:12 PM on December 31, 2008

I have one of these, but I can't find what its real product name is. I can only see the name "ENTEX" with a sort of smiley in a bullseye.

When separated, one the sides has all red external faces when foldes as a hollow cube, one has red/yellow/blue faces. Both sides seem to have a red/blue/yellow bullseye pattern when folded as a star.

I've always loved to watch the geometry change as it folds. It's a beautiful thing.
posted by SteelyDuran at 3:18 PM on December 31, 2008


Well, my cube transforms into a Battlestar Hypercar Attack Drone with special laser firing armature!

except mine broke. Stupid extradimensional plastic assault Christmas.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:22 PM on December 31, 2008 [2 favorites]

In origami.
posted by SteelyDuran at 3:23 PM on December 31, 2008 [6 favorites]

Nice, SteelyDuran! That makes what's happening really clear.
posted by amery at 3:32 PM on December 31, 2008

posted by device55 at 3:38 PM on December 31, 2008

Mine is "Toysmith 1997", but origami intrigues me.
posted by zengargoyle at 3:41 PM on December 31, 2008

I used to have one of those. It was a great fiddle toy!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:47 PM on December 31, 2008

It's perfectly easy to understand. You just have to realize that everything you were ever told about space and time is completely wrong.
posted by DU at 3:56 PM on December 31, 2008

Thanks for the post, and extra points for the art school pun.
posted by ardgedee at 4:00 PM on December 31, 2008

oh never mind.
posted by Citizen Premier at 4:32 PM on December 31, 2008 [2 favorites]

Not to be confused with the Yamauchi Cube.
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:56 PM on December 31, 2008

posted by sammyo at 5:01 PM on December 31, 2008

Wow, that's the most typos ever in any post I have ever made.

*sigh* It's been a long year.
posted by SteelyDuran at 5:02 PM on December 31, 2008

Yikes, the MOMA store has it for fifty bucks!
posted by sammyo at 5:06 PM on December 31, 2008

I used to have one of these as a kid but have no idea where the hell it is now. Probably chucked out with all my old crap when my parents sold up and moved out of our family home. I shall definitely be trying my hand at making the origami version (thanks SteelyDuran).
posted by electricinca at 5:52 PM on December 31, 2008

But can I use it to roll for hit points for my barbarian?
posted by Jacqueline at 6:33 PM on December 31, 2008

The drive-in restaurant chain Sonic used to give out the simple, cube-only version as kids meal toys a few years back. Their surfaces were printed with odd facts and charts, one for each face. I fear my experiences with them have desensitized (or acclimated?) me to the awesomeness of the Yoshimoto Cube. Though I can see how someone who hasn't played around with one would freak when it seemed like the dude manifested another cube out of thin air.
posted by Rhaomi at 12:24 AM on January 1, 2009

The links in the FPP don't show the outer shell for the Yoshimoto Cube. This is another layer that goes around the cube, a kaleidocycle (a ring of tetrahedral pyramids) which itself can be folded into a cube of the same size as the Yoshimoto Cube. But if you fold the kaleidocycle into this shape (via) then there is a hole inside which neatly accommodates the Yoshimoto Cube.
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:17 AM on January 1, 2009 [2 favorites]

I had one of these as a kid. Teh awesome.
posted by lalochezia at 8:03 AM on January 1, 2009

Oh man.... fifty bucks...
that feels like it's just hovering right on the event horizon of "things I really want to own" and "stupid shit I spent too much money on."

argh.... i waaaant it.... mainly so it can sit on a shelf and when people are like oh hey what's this I can be all like THAT'S THE YOSHIMOTO CUBE OH MY GOD DON'T TOUCH IT
posted by Baby_Balrog at 1:26 PM on January 1, 2009 [3 favorites]

Wait, you mean there's a *third* dimension, and something called vol-ume? Now you've really blown my mind...
posted by quaeler at 3:49 AM on January 2, 2009

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