Monday, March 24, 2014

Lego Creation: Rubik's Cube Solver


"Cubestormer 3" by David Gilday and Mike Dobson

This LEGO robot called CUBESTORMER 3 recently smashed the Rubik's Cube speed record.  It solved the cube in just 3.253 seconds at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK, two seconds faster than its forerunner, CUBESTORMER 2.  The previous record was 5.27 seconds.  It's time was verified as a new world record on March 15 by Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of the Guinness World Records book. 

It took Gilday and Dobson eighteen months to build their Cubestormer, which uses an ARM-designed Samsung Galaxy S4 to analyze the cube and instruct its four robotic hands on how to manipulate the panels.
"The ARM-Powered CUBESTORMER 3 robot has smashed the Guinness World Record for solving a Rubik's cube, recording a time of 3.253 seconds at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK.

The robot employs an ARM-powered Samsung® Galaxy S4 smartphone powered by a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa application processor to analyze the cube and instruct four robotic hands to do the manipulations. ARM9™ processors also power the eight LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 bricks which perform the motor sequencing and control."

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