I, like others, had some trouble getting my cube to communicate with my phone. I had to go into app
permissions and allow full permissions for the app. I also had to make sure my memory was set to
save things on the phone and not the SD card (I can't remember exactly what I did, but you can find
the suggestion somewhere in these reviews).
Once it started communicating with my phone,
it worked really great. I always use the picture saved to my phone as the reveal as I'm not sure
how to send it to my website. The instructions are difficult to understand, as others have said and
the main problem is that the background music is way too loud. I was able to understand most of it
though, and will go back to watch again to try to figure out the website stuff.
ran into a problem with my charger today. I went to charge my cube again and when I tried to plug
the usb cable into it, I noticed that part of the internal components of the charger were "stuck" to
the micro usb connector. Now I cannot get my cube to charge. I just sent an e-mail to gentlemen's
magic, but all the wording was in french, so I'm hoping they will understand my english query and
They ask for ideas, so here are some improvements I would make to the cube/app:
I would like to be able to change the background (desk, etc.) of the prediction picture. I would
like to be able to have a black screen on my phone as the spectator is mixing the cube so that I can
take my phone out at the beginning of the trick. As it is, you have to have your screen on with the
app open, which shows the cube being mixed as they mixed it. Not good. So you have to keep your
phone in your pocket until after they finish or hide the screen some way. However, there is a
setting on the app that will automatically close the app after it sends the picture so it's not a
huge deal to me, but it would be nice to have the phone out on the table from the beginning and say,
"I have a prediction on my phone..."
I would also like more stickers for the "original"
and "giiker" colors. They include one set, but if you mess up like I did, you don't have a back up.
I'm using the "Giiker" colors only on the orange side, with the rest being "original colors" since I
accidentally put those colors (the original colors) on the wrong side of the cube and had to remove
them, ruining them. Totally my fault, and the colors aren't THAT much different that anyone
(including me) can notice. Please note that you can fix the problem of the two holes in the cube by
putting these "original color" stickers on the cube, removing the default "giiker" colors. He shows
you how to do this near the end of the online instructional video. The "original color" stickers do
not have holes in the center sticker like the "giiker" colors do.
Overall, I would highly
recommend this cube as the reactions you get are amazing, especially if you ask google/siri how many
combinations there are in a 3x3 rubik's cube (43.2 quintillion). Google reads out the whole number,
and it's pretty overwhelming. I hope that this review was helpful to someone out there. Cheers!
Oops, almost forgot. My cube recently would not connect to the app (this is after I had used it several times). When I launched the app, a black screen would come up and a "loading" circle would pop up and just spin endlessly, failing to connect to my cube. I was able to easily fix this by going into my app settings on my phone, opening supercube's settings and clicking the "force stop" button, then going into the "storage" setting for the app and clicking both the "clear cache" and "clear data" buttons. I clicked to verify this "clear" after my phone pulled up a warning that I would delete all app information. I then restarted the app and presto! It connected. If this fails, you may want to uninstall and then re-install the app. I have never had to do this, but it may be useful to note. Cheers!
Update: I have since this review received a new charger from penguinmagic. They took care of me quickly, and for that I am very grateful. Also, I have figured out how to post the prediction on my website. It is a simple matter of copying over the html code (there's button for that) and pasting it on your website, using any kind of html app for your website. Very easy. I'll go into a little more detail with the hope of helping others. You touch the button that says, "copy html code" and then you can "paste" that in your texting program, sending the text to yourself. Then you just need to look at your website tools and find any app with "html" in the title. It will allow you to put a box on your site, and you just copy over the code exactly as it is, into that box. Done.
This is great, but the most important thing is that I figured out how to e-mail the prediction BEFORE I have them mix the cube. I can't hype this up enough. The reactions are insane. It looks like you e-mail one of your spectators your prediction of the cube (they don't open the e-mail, they just confirm that they received it) and that's all you do, especially if you have the "auto send" function on (that is, the timer settings are turned on to 5, 10 or 15 seconds). Then, after they finish mixing the cube (I have several spectators mix it), I have the person whom I sent the e-mail to open their e-mail to reveal "my prediction" to everyone.
I have found that if you wait just a few seconds after your phone vibrates (signaling that it sent the picture update to the e-mail) to tell them to open the e-mail, you can avoid any problems that I've read about on the facebook group. Personally, I like to have the timer set to "off" so that I don't have to worry about a long pause between spectators mixing it. Also, I've had a few times when a spectator wanted to mix it a little more, even after it had been in everyone's hands. Not a problem at all. I milk it for all it's worth, the impossibility of it (especially if in the beginning you asked your phone how many possible combinations there are on a standard 3x3 rubiks cube) and then hit the volume up or down button on my phone once. Voila! My phone vibrates a second or two later (they had a recent update that really sped this process up) and then I just patter for a few seconds and then have them open the e-mail.
I have grown to really love this effect. It's my favorite thing to perform. The creators are constantly working on it to improve it, and I couldn't be happier. Also, if you have a supercube (look it up on amazon or wherever you shop) the charger for that cube works for this cube as well. I bought one because I didn't realize how quickly penguin would take care of it. A big thank you! goes out to those guys. Awesome.
One last thing. I have one more request for improvements, and that is the e-mail address that the prediction comes from (when you e-mail them) is called "cube-prediction.org" or something like that. The spectator usually won't actually see this unless they open the e-mail and hover the cursor over the address. I have patter ready to explain this, just in case, but I have yet to have a spectator see this. But it would be nice if it looked more like my e-mail address or something less conspicous. Okay, I've run my "mouth" for long enough. If you haven't purchased "Rubiked", I highly, highly recommend it. Even though it has some minor "flaws", it is simply too good to pass up.
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