|By PR Newswire||
|April 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT||
JERSEY CITY, N.J., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The April 26, 2014, premiere of Beyond Rubik's Cube at Liberty Science Center marks the 40th anniversary of the world's bestselling puzzle toy. With highly interactive physical and digital challenges, Beyond Rubik's Cube invites visitors to consider how the Cube emerged from a workshop in Communist-era Hungary to become a worldwide phenomenon, fostering creativity across the fields of science, technology, engineering, robotics, the visual arts, music, film, architecture, and mathematics. The $5 million exhibition was designed by LSC with lead creative partner Google, and the Cube's Budapest inventor Erno Rubik, and will embark upon a worldwide tour after a seven-month stay at LSC.
Beyond Rubik's Cube will be celebrated in Manhattan. On April 26, the Bank of America Tower (1 Bryant Park) and the Conde Nast Building (4 Times Square) will be lit in the colors of Rubik's Cube. The Empire State Building will follow suit on May 8.
"I never imagined the Cube would become as universal as it has," said Erno Rubik. "I'm hoping that this wonderful exhibition will finally answer the question of why: Why has the cube connected with hundreds of millions of people everywhere on Earth?"
"Of all the things that Rubik's Cube has inspired, community is the most enduring. Once considered a solitary activity, the Cube has connected people everywhere. Speedcubers travel the globe to meet one another. Game designers trade secrets and collaborate on puzzles. Musicians and magicians share their Cube-inspired tracks and tricks online," explained Paul Hoffman, LSC President and CEO, and Creative Director of Beyond Rubik's Cube. "Beyond Rubik's Cube will serve as a focal point to bring communities together to celebrate the innovation that grows from playing with the Cube."
"At Google, we are all about tackling tough challenges with as much accuracy and speed as possible," said Lorraine Twohill, head of Global Marketing at Google. "The Rubik's Cube embodies this drive, encouraging people around the world to try their hand at one of the world's most iconic toys. We are happy to contribute to Liberty Science Center's worldwide effort to use the Cube to get children excited about science, technology, engineering and math."
Before they even set foot in the exhibition, guests will be greeted by the 26-foot tall illuminated Groovik's Cube that hangs in the LSC atrium. The dazzling installation, originally created in 2009 by a team of artists for the Burning Man arts festival, encourages guests to work collaboratively to solve the Cube, creating a light and sound show on three floors of the museum. The web-enabled exhibit will be playable from anywhere in the world.
As guests enter the exhibition, digital projections of color and geometry dance in response to their movement, setting the tone for the immersive experience that awaits them in three discovery zones: Invent, Play, and Inspire.
The first zone, Invent, invites guests to jump right into the complex and compelling world of puzzle toys.
- Rare artifacts made of wood blocks, paper clips, and rubber bands show guests the humble and brilliant Hungarian origin of Erno Rubik's great invention.
- At Cube Prototype, guests can explore the complex geometry behind the Rubik's Cube by arranging 3D shapes and inventing their own puzzles.
- Art and mathematics meet at Tessellation Maker, an interactive touch table where guests create visually stunning patterns.
- Next, guests move to the Play zone for more hands-on exploration.
- A Solve Bar welcomes cubers of all skill levels and provides animated instructions for conquering the Cube.
- At Robot Command, guests discover the parallels between computer programming and Cube solving as they program a robot to run a maze.
- Young visitors and their grownups work together on Cube Match, a game of colored building blocks with endless combinations.
Finally, guests venture into the Inspire zone to experience the Cube's vast artistic and technological influence.
- Visitors can see how the Cube inspires them artistically by composing their own haiku using the Haikube; engineering a musical masterpiece in Cube Symphony; and contributing to the giant Collaborative Mosaic made entirely of Rubik's Cubes.
- Guests control a giant Rubik's Cube the size of a car to discover the internal mechanism that makes it work.
- A one-of-a-kind, 18-karat gold, jewel-encrusted, fully functional Rubik's Cube is the world's most expensive toy, estimated to be worth $2.5 million.
- At Robot Race, guests will challenge a speed-cubing robot to solve their scrambled Cubes.
- Twisty Puzzle Design brings people together at a multi-touch digital table to design and test their own puzzles with other guests.
Beyond Rubik's Cube will be at Liberty Science Center from April 26 through at least the end of November 2014, before traveling internationally for seven years. A world leader in exhibition design, Liberty Science Center has created exhibits for cultural institutions in New York City, Winnipeg, Turkey, Puerto Rico, and Saudi Arabia.
Support for Beyond Rubik's Cube has been generously provided by Google, the government of Hungary, Judy and Josh Weston, Bank of America, Erno Rubik, Rubik's Brand Ltd, Ernst & Young LLP, Jennifer A. Chalsty, Overdeck Family Foundation, Prudential, David Barry, Jim and Marilyn Simons, The Hariri Family, Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G), James J. Coleman, Jr., The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation, The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, Panepinto Properties & Guarini & Guarini, PNC Bank, John and Rose Cali, Alma DeMetropolis, Bruce and Rhonda Levy, Dr. and Mrs. William A. Tansey, III, Rodney C. Armstead, Connell Foley LLP, Kevin Cummings, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Paul and Eric Silverman, Carolyn and Bob Slaski, Tom and Anne Stanton, and The Star-Ledger. Bank of America generously closed the exhibition's funding gap.
About Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center (LSC.org) is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, the nation's largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. More than half a million students, teachers, and parents visit the Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Center's offsite and online programs. LSC is the most visited museum in New Jersey and the largest interactive science center in the NYC-NJ metropolitan area.
All Rubik's trademarks are exclusively licensed by Rubik's Brand Ltd – www.rubiksbrand.com
Mary Meluso, 201.253.1335
SOURCE Liberty Science Center
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to impr...
Oct. 25, 2016 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 5,733
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, will draw together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established ...
Oct. 25, 2016 07:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,391
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
Oct. 25, 2016 07:45 AM EDT Reads: 4,868
Amazon has gradually rolled out parts of its IoT offerings, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to optimizing their backend AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT - especially in the connected home and office. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Kocher, founder and managing director of Grey Heron, explained how Amazon is extending its reach to become a major force in IoT by building on its dominant cloud IoT platform, its Dash Button strat...
Oct. 25, 2016 06:45 AM EDT Reads: 4,815
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the discussion. According to Onalytica the "analysis showed a very engaged community with a lot of interactive tweets. The M2M discussion seems to be more fragmented and driven by some of the major brands present in the...
Oct. 25, 2016 06:15 AM EDT Reads: 11,431
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interface Masters Technologies, a leader in Network Visibility and Uptime Solutions, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Interface Masters Technologies is a leading vendor in the network monitoring and high speed networking markets. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Interface Masters' expertise lies in Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and 40 Gigabit Eth...
Oct. 25, 2016 05:45 AM EDT Reads: 3,351
As software becomes more and more complex, we, as software developers, have been splitting up our code into smaller and smaller components. This is also true for the environment in which we run our code: going from bare metal, to VMs to the modern-day Cloud Native world of containers, schedulers and microservices. While we have figured out how to run containerized applications in the cloud using schedulers, we've yet to come up with a good solution to bridge the gap between getting your conta...
Oct. 25, 2016 05:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,518
We are reaching the end of the beginning with WebRTC, and real systems using this technology have begun to appear. One challenge that faces every WebRTC deployment (in some form or another) is identity management. For example, if you have an existing service – possibly built on a variety of different PaaS/SaaS offerings – and you want to add real-time communications you are faced with a challenge relating to user management, authentication, authorization, and validation. Service providers will w...
Oct. 25, 2016 05:30 AM EDT Reads: 3,375
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain. In this power panel at @...
Oct. 25, 2016 05:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,997
DevOps theory promotes a culture of continuous improvement built on collaboration, empowerment, systems thinking, and feedback loops. But how do you collaborate effectively across the traditional silos? How can you make decisions without system-wide visibility? How can you see the whole system when it is spread across teams and locations? How do you close feedback loops across teams and activities delivering complex multi-tier, cloud, container, serverless, and/or API-based services?
Oct. 25, 2016 04:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,088
SYS-CON Media announced today that @WebRTCSummit Blog, the largest WebRTC resource in the world, has been launched. @WebRTCSummit Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. @WebRTCSummit Blog can be bookmarked ▸ Here @WebRTCSummit conference site can be bookmarked ▸ Here
Oct. 25, 2016 04:30 AM EDT Reads: 9,704
SYS-CON Events announced today that Streamlyzer will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Streamlyzer is a powerful analytics for video streaming service that enables video streaming providers to monitor and analyze QoE (Quality-of-Experience) from end-user devices in real time.
Oct. 25, 2016 04:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,011
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
Oct. 25, 2016 04:15 AM EDT Reads: 953
One of biggest questions about Big Data is “How do we harness all that information for business use quickly and effectively?” Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or spatial technology is about more than making maps, but adding critical context and meaning to data of all types, coming from all different channels – even sensors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, William (Bill) Meehan, director of utility solutions for Esri, will take a closer look at the current state of spatial technology and ar...
Oct. 25, 2016 04:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,740
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftNet Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SoftNet Solutions specializes in Enterprise Solutions for Hadoop and Big Data. It offers customers the most open, robust, and value-conscious portfolio of solutions, services, and tools for the shortest route to success with Big Data. The unique differentiator is the ability to architect and ...
Oct. 25, 2016 04:00 AM EDT Reads: 966