Robot solves Rubiks Cube in 10 seconds

University of Swinburne students have finally done it; using a robot they solved the world’s best selling perplexing puzzle- the Rubik’s Cube.

The Rubik’s Cube puzzle has been frustrating humans since it was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik.  The students using $900 of school funding constructed Ruby from a shiny bomb-casing filled with used pinball machine parts.  No, but seriously- they did build Ruby using a mere $900 of funding and have now achieved a world record solving a Rubik’s Cube puzzle in a mere 10 seconds.

After scrambling up the cube the students place it in Ruby’s capable hands which spins the cube back and forth gripping with one hand while spinning with the other and then switching off.  When the team made the robot run faster than designed it would “sometimes rip cubes apart” stated project manager Miriam Parkinson.  “Another thing that can happen if you rotate the cube too quickly is that the robot loses grip on the cube and throws it.” When the students were first running the robot at full speed it “carefully and slowly” did a move and then “threw it across the room” when trying to reposition the cube.

Students Richard Bain, Jarrod Boyes, David Bain and Miriam Parkinson.

The robot solves the puzzle by scanning each face of a scrambled cube through a web camera, according to professor Chris Pilgrim, deputy dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies at Swinburne. “It then uses a software algorithm to develop a solution which is fed to the high-speed robot through a real-time embedded control system.”

Check out Ruby whipping out the solution to that pain in the ass Rubik’s Cube in record time:

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