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Robot Solves Rubik's Cube in 0.38 Seconds, a New Record

09 March 2018

Considering the number of hours humans have spent attempting to solve the Rubik’s Cube, leave it to a machine to solve the puzzle in just 0.38 seconds.

Created by software developer Jared Di Carlo and MIT robotics student Ben Katz, the machine was designed to break the previous world record of 0.637 seconds held by the Sub1 Reloaded by Infineon.

Jared Di Carlo on The Cactus Zone site said, "Recently, Ben Katz and I collaborated on a Rubik's Cube solving robot to try to beat the world record time of 0.637 seconds, set by some engineers at Infineon. We noticed that all of the fast Rubik's Cube solvers were using stepper motors, and thought that we could do better if we used better motors."

As such, the machine was developed using a combination of Kollmorgen ServoDisc motors, PlayStation 3 Eye webcams, color detection software and software to control the system.

However, the creators will have to wait until the results are official before declaring themselves the world-record holders for solving the Rubik’s Cube.

To contact the author of this article, email marie.donlon@ieeeglobalspec.com


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