by Dane Christianson
The X-Cube is a twisting logic puzzle that, when solved, forms an 'X' and has all 6 colors oriented in the same directions.
The X-Cube has 52 moving parts, 102 stickers, and can take on 125 decillion possible permutations.
That's 125,486,757,308,950,508,983,252,156,416,000,000 (1.254x10^35) permutations! That's over 2 quadrillion times more permutations than the original 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube for all you cube geeks, over 208 billion moles of permutations for all you chemistry geeks, and all you math geeks can check my math.
The X-Cube was conceived in 2008 by Dane Christianson, who was in 9th grade at the time. Dane later brought the cube to life using a 3D printer during his sophomore year at the Illinois Institute of Technology in December of 2012. He was 19.
This prototype went viral on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_z0hyUvI8c) and Dane spent the year of 2013 bringing the puzzle to the market. He launched a Kickstarter campaign which raised almost $54k, allowing the X-Cube to be mass produced. It hit shelves on December 4, 2013, just under a year after his prototype video went public.
Dane is now 21 years old, is the owner of Moving Parts LLC, is still an undergraduate at IIT, and is always inventing new things.
The project blog: xcubeproject.blogspot.com
Company Website: http://www.moving-parts-llc.com/
X-Cube on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheXCube