a.k.a. Magic Octahedron
Patented by C. Hewlett 1984.
(plastic, 1.8 inches between faces, 3 inches point to point,
opposite faces are green / white, yellow / blue, red / orange, magenta / gold)
This puzzle has the look and feel of a generalized
The rotating tips have no effect on solving
is the same puzzle without the tips);
each pyramid formed by a tip and the layer below it can rotate
(this is a different puzzle than the
Super Skewb Diamond).
the Octahedron is equivalent to a
Rubik's 3x3x3 Cube
Rubik 3x3x3 Edges Only Cube
where there is one tip for each face and one face for each corner.
The square on which each tip sits is the center of each face of the Rubik 3x3x3 cube
and the center point of each face corresponds to a
The correspondence between the Octahedron and the Rubik 3x3x3 Cube may be easier to visualize by looking at the
which includes the centers on each face.
gives a direct solution.
from: www.uspto.gov - patent no. 4,451,039
from: www.uspto.gov - patent no. 4,593,908
from: www.uspto.gov - patent no. 4,706,956