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Those Frustrating Rubik's Cubes

Now a creation is made so that they're no longer frustrating!

And it's not just a matter of building a robot to do it. The challenge was apparently in that he only used the "Lego Mindstorms NXT Retail-kit." That, and that it isn't connected to a computer of any sort. Find out all about how he overcame obstacles like the kit only having three motors and other interesting details at his site. He even has directions for how to build your own!

The video above will actually fast forward through the process a ways in, so it's not all in real time. Here's the performance stats, too, which I think are pretty impressive:

  • Scanning the cube: 1 minute

  • Calculating a solution: 20 - 40 seconds

  • Executing the moves: 1 - 5 minutes. Average 4.5 minutes (60 faceturns)

  • Average total time: 6 minutes

Unknown said...

Now that was crazy! That guy sure had a lot of time on his hands and was darn smart. My dad got one of those for xmas last year and gave up on in after 10 mins.

fairyhedgehog said...

That's amazing! I've never worked out how to solve a Rubik's cube. My mind just doesn't work that way.

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