How fast can you solve a Rubiks Cube? Or perhaps a better question is can you solve a Rubiks Cube? Not everyone has what it takes to make their way through Ernő Rubik’s combination puzzle box. Even among the best cubers, the world record for the fastest Rubiks Cube completion is seconds. But now, machine has overtaken man with a robot capable of solving a Rubiks Cube in under a second.
Found via Laughing Squid, Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo created a robot that solved a Rubiks Cube in just seconds. At normal speed, it happens so quickly that the human eye can barely see the cube move. It simply looks like the colors are shifting around with incredible speed. Only when the footage is slowed down are we able to perceive the way the machine expertly manipulated the cube. But at this rate, accidents are bound to happen. Katz and Di Carlo also shared a video which depicts their machine destroying a cube which simply couldnt withstand the rapid moves.
Katz and Di Carlo documented the creation of their robot here, where they noted that they had more success if the cube was tightened before the robot got a hold of it. This is far from the first Rubiks Cube solving robot, but it easily outperforms RuBot II, which was once billed as the fastest Rubiks Cube solving robot in the world. The honor may have been claimed by this new machine, but at least RuBot II tried to show off a little personality.
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Despite his success, he is a calm and unaffected young man who rides his bicycle to school and looks scarcely different from most boys his age, with his shaggy brown hair and scuffed white sneakers.
The cube, the toy at the center of Patrick's life, is a six-color, plastic cube made up of smaller cubes, nine to a side, which can be moved. The idea is to arrange them so that each of the six sides is a solid color. Because there are 43 quintillion possible permutations, it is no easy task; with more than 10 million cubes in circulation, lots of people are attempting it.
According to Patrick, the appeal of his book, in a field in which there are a number of competitors, is its relative clarity. It really is possible to follow his method, unlocking the secrets of the maddening toy, although to do so means coping with instructions like the following:
''If a corner is in the right place but with Side 1 color facing you, it will need rotating within itself so that the correct color ends up on Side 1.'' Maintenance With Vaseline
There is also a section on ''Cube maintenance'' - a bit of Vaseline from time to time - and an attempt at inspiration: ''Don't despair, and don't give up. Once you have solved the cube it will become easier every time, and you can start timing yourself.''
Patrick, who has earned more than $60, in royalties, accompanies his instructions with an intricate system of diagrams and symbols showing how to rotate and move the squares. Among the many thousands who have devoted several hours, cube in hand, to reading the book and mastering the system is Patrick's father, an architect. His mother said she had never attempted the cube, and was not likely to.
The Bosserts' three-story brick house, on a quiet street not far south of the Thames, has become a mecca for neighborhood children - and sometimes adults - who bring their unfinished cubes to the master.
To watch him effortlessly rearrange the colors is amazing - snap, snap, snap, ''Top face finished,'' he will murmur. Ten or 20 seconds later, ''first and second bands finished.'' then, many snaps but only a few seconds later, the final colors slide effortlessly into place.
Patrick first worked the cube only eight months ago, during a visit with his grandmother in Switzerland. Almost immediately, he and a cousin began charting the basic moves on a tattered piece of graph paper that grew quickly into the book.
''I have always been fascinated by three-dimensional objects and puzzles,'' he said. ''Doing the cube depends not so much on math as on logic. You need to think logically and see what's happening - to see the logic of the relationships between the various pieces. Then it all becomes clear.''Continue reading the main story