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Made myself a little something special for the Class of ’86 reunion next week. Duct tape unicorn in sunset on an 8 ounce flask.

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Week 8 – w.c. pelon

Posted: May 19, 2011 in w.c. pelon, Week 08

“QWERTY Cube”

materials: dollar store rubik's cube, laptop keyboard, super glue

I work on computer hardware in my spare time,  so I invariably have a stockpile of  extra parts– many of which do not function.  I saw this concept at instructables.com and thought it would be a great way to use up some broken laptop keyboards.

I picked up a knock-off Rubik’s cube at a dollar store and mapped out each face of the cube in Photoshop.  I wanted to stay as close to the QWERTY standard as possible, but a few of the letters & symbols are slightly shuffled around to give the design better flow.  I had to move the “P” to keep the home row lined up properly and the Windows key is tacked on the end to fill a gap.  For the 4th & 5th faces, I selected  some of the more recognizable keys and arranged them in a symmetrical fashion.  In retrospect, I probably should have swapped the positions of the “Down” and “App” keys. 

I really like the way the color stickers are visible at the edges of the keys:  this not only gives the cube some nifty contrast, but should make solving the puzzle a little less confusing.