No, this isn't an optical illusion, or digital trickery, but rather a real table. It's called "The Float Table", consisting of a matrix of magnetized wooden cubes that levitate with respect to one another. The repelling cubes are held in equilibrium by a system of tensile steel cables. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Here's yet another fascinating look at CubeStormer II, an Android (smartphone) powered LEGO Mindstorms robot that can solve Rubik's Cubes in just seconds. A special app uses the phone's camera to capture images of each face of the Rubik's Cube which it processes to determine the scrambled colours. The solution is found using an advanced two-phase algorithm, originally developed for Speedcuber, enhanced to be multi-threaded to make effective use of the smartphone's dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.2GHz processor. Continue reading for two videos.
Let's face it, not everybody, including geeks, can solve a Rubik's Cube, Fortunately, for the latter group, many have the skills to build robots that are able to solve any Rubik's cube in just seconds. Continue reading to see ten of the coolest.
When are Rubik's Cubes not just a puzzle? When talented artists use them to create real works of art. For example, the images above show versions of The Mona Lisa, Ray Charles, and even Iron Maiden along with Nirvana album covers. Continue reading to see more.
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Solving a Rubik's Cube is hard enough for some people, imagine juggling a few of them simultaneously. That's exactly what ultra geek David Calvo has accomplished, as he "can juggle three Rubik's Cubes while solving one." Video after the jump.
This isn't Calvo's first brush with Rubik's Cube greatness, he already holds the Guinness World Record for the most Rubik's Cubes solved in one hour (185).
A group of college students at the Swinburne University of Technology have built a robot -- called Ruby -- that is capable of solving a Rubik's Cube in less than 11-seconds. Basically, it uses cameras to scan each face of the cube, collects the data, and then runs that information through a custom software algorithm. Video after the break.
While Ruby is the fastest documented cube-solving robot, the fastest human time for solving the cube is 6.24 seconds so Ruby still needs some improvements to beat that.