Most would consider solving a Rubik's Cube in minutes to be impossible, but Infineon Technologies engineer Albert Beer has manged to create a robot that set a new world record by taking just 0.637-seconds to complete the puzzle. "It takes tremendous computing power to solve such a highly complex puzzle with a machine. In the case of 'Sub1 Reloaded', the power for motor control was supplied by a microcontroller from Infineon's AURIX family, similar to the one used in driver assistance systems. Minimal reaction times play an even greater role in autonomous driving. A high data-processing rate is necessary to ensure real-time capabilities with clock frequencies of 200 MHz. As a result of this ability, a vehicle can safely and reliably apply the brakes when it approaches a barrier," said Beer. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to fix a fire with a broken lighter.
Rubik's Cube-solving robots are nothing new, but friends Jay Flatland and Paul Rose managed to build one you won't believe is real. Though the setup may look complex, it's only comprised of several webcams, 3D-printed frames and Arduino stepper motors. The custom software takes the image input from the cameras and converts it into a 'unrolled' that the solver can comprehend. After a few blazing runs, they managed to get the times down to 1.047s and an unreal 1.019s. Continue reading for more.
According to Oskar van Deventer (above), Over The Top is a world-record 17x17x17 Rubik's Cube, with many intricate patterns. It can take many, many hours to solve, yet one YouTuber who goes by RedKB has managed to do so, recording the entire process. Oskar says: "The puzzle was first presented live to the world at at the New York Puzzle Party Symposium, Saturday Feb. 12th." Continue reading to watch the entire 7.5-hour non-timelapse video as well as the product link to where you can buy your very own 17x17x17 Rubik's Cube.
It's official, Cubestormer 3 has smashed the Guinness World Record for solving a Rubik's Cube in the fastest time by solving a cube in just 3.253 seconds at the Big Bang Fair, held at the NEC in Birmingham. This third-generation model beat the previous non-human record of 5.27 seconds, set by the machine's predecessor, the Cubestormer 2. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
In the mid-1970s, Erno Rubik worked at the Department of Interior Design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts in Budapest. Although it is widely reported that the Cube was built as a teaching tool to help his students understand 3D objects, his actual purpose was solving the structural problem of moving the parts independently without the entire mechanism falling apart. Continue reading for more.
Here's another look at the magical floating table that looks just like a giant Rubik's Cube, minus the colors. It consists of a three-by-three grid of smaller wooden cubes held together by thin wires to keep each one from hitting the others, while powerful magnets hold the constituent pieces apart. Continue reading for a video and more information.
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.
Since the weekend is coming up (or already here for some), we thought it'd be a great time to show how you can finally conquer the Rubik's Cube that's collecting dust in your home. Best of all, it'll only take 20 moves or less. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a fascinating video of an astronaut wringing a wet towel in space.
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.