4 April 2010
I Have often been asked about the SOMA timeline, So here it is..
Note: A new version of the timeline has been made at Newsletter 2016.07.15 The SOMA Timeline, by Thorleif Bundgaard.
|"Piet Hein" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piet_Hein_(Denmark)|
|Dec. 2 1933|
The idea emerges and is patented
|Nov 29, 1934|
Original SOMA puzzles, based on the initial idea is released. Among these the manufacturer Erik Willumsen release his wooden version
Piet Hein starts a cooperation with Theodor Skj°de, and markets a very pretty Rosewood somacube on a wooden base
|- This is the version to which all the following are compared. This is generally also the one most people consider the "original" SOMA.|
|Skj°de starts to market a version of the Rosewood cube, on an aluminium base|
|Summer of 1969|
Marketing rights for the USA market, is given to Parker Brothers Inc. and they start producing a red and a blue version in solid plastic.
|Hereafter several years pass, and various "skunk works" emerges. Without production permission from the P.Hein. organization.|
|It is among these we find a large number of fine wood versions, in cardboard boxes or in wooden boxes.|
We start to see software solvers.
|In addition to these we also see SOMA versions made in, paper origami, rubber foam, glued dice, cardboard boxes, etc.|
|Finally we see giant versions made in large cardboard or from wood plates the size of about 1meter=3feet|
|The Piet Hein Corp. release a SOMA for kindergardens, measuring 1 meter on its sides|
|And we start to see software game versions, first for the PC-DOS, then for Windows, then linux, and finally for mobile phones.|
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