This installment of "Gadgets" is all about puzzles. Not flat jigsaw puzzles, but the 3-D kind that you hold in your hand. These kinds of puzzles can be a real challenge to solve; sometimes taking weeks or even years to figure out. Who develops these infuriating brain twisters and who can solve them? Join Akira Daniel Duncan and find out!
Hanayama is a manufacturer of games and toys that's been in business for over 80 years. They're internationally known for their mind mending series of three-dimensional puzzles. Called "Huzzle," it has fans in countries worldwide. The line's name is a portmanteau of hazusu, which means "to remove" in Japanese, and "puzzle." Currently there are 52 different designs available; some of which are based on puzzles that originated in England over 100 years ago. Designing their original puzzles once involved modeling with wood or clay. But according to Teddy Sakamoto, the company's marketing head, digital design has drastically changed the face of puzzle making. It allows for puzzles that would otherwise be impossible to design, and are also incredibly difficult to solve. These puzzles transcend language and culture, making them challenging fun for everyone everywhere!