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May252012

The Hexadecimal Cube

 A Single Hexadecimal Cube projection showing all sides. (Click for a larger image.)

All Unique Orientations of a Single Cube(Click for a larger image.)

This is another interesting design to come out of our research. Some might argue that it is a device rather than an artistic expression, or maybe even an expression of mathematical first principles.  We don't really know ourselves, but we have a lot of ideas on how to put it to use.  Here are the FAQs.

What exactly is a Hexadecimal Cube? Well, you might think of it as a nibble of art (pun intended), with practical as well as artistic applications. Technically it is a standard six sided cube with each side divided into quadrants, with the quadrants marked such that the cube can be manipulated to show 16(hexadecimal) unique quadrant combinations.  Artistically it is the full expression of a unique three dimensional pattern that illustrates the complete Hexadecimal base number set. By applying certain rotations and aligning multiple cubes larger artistic as well as practical images and messages can be conveyed. 

What can you do with a Hexadecimal Cube? Well, just one makes a curio that might serve as a nice paper weight or conversation piece.

What can you do with many Hexadecimal Cubes? Frankly we have dozens of ideas most of which we don't have time to try, and we haven't scratched the surface. Some examples are: (1) Produce a work of art. A set of cubes allows you to create bit mapped images. Think of it as a mechanical dot matrix display. Any monochrome image or text can be created with enough cubes. Each cube represents a 2x2 section of the display. (2) Make a reusable QR code display for indoor or outdoor signage. Only a 12x12 set of cubes is required to create a QR code display.  (3) A reusable billboard. (4) games i.e. guess the message or picture content in the fewest number of moves. (5) exercise your (or your child's) brain - graduate from Alphabet blocks to digital blocks.

What is the easiest way to create a Hexadecimal Cube? (1) Take an existing cube, mark, paint or apply stickers. (2) Print out the supplied Hexadecimal Cube pattern, cut, and tape or glue to create a paper cube.

Hexadecimal Cube - Box PatternClick here to download a PDF version.

Can I make these for fun and profit? Yes. We grant you a non-exclusive permission to use the Hexadecimal Cube design and derivatives in any craft or project.  Personal, non-commercial, charitable, or low volume artistic use is free. We can also provide you with a commercial license.  If you want to "Do the right thing." but not bother with securing a commercial license you can simply set aside $1(US) or 1% of the sales price (whichever is less) for each set, package or system sold. A system can contain any number of Hexadecimal Cubes. You can make the payment whenever it is convenient to you, or not at all. Payments are voluntary for individuals or organizations producing less than 10,000 Hexadecimal Cube based products. For larger production volumes fees are mandatory but negotiable.

Are there any products currently available using Hexadecimal Cubes? Not as far as we know.  Please let us know of such products so we can provide links. We have a few in work and will update the page when appropriate.

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