VIDEO: THIS ROBOT SOLVES A RUBIK'S CUBE IN 0.38 SECONDSDate: 2018-03-10
It is perhaps unknown to most, but there is a significant fan following the Rubik's cube puzzles.
A group of kids and adults alike who treat the pastime almost as a sport, competing with the goal of solving it as fast as humanly possible.
So far, the best any mere humanoid has accomplished is a time of 4.74 seconds by a man named Mats Valk. Seems pretty slow when you realise there is now a robot out there somewhere that can do it in less than half a second, exactly 0.12 less to be precise.
The new goal is to be faster than 0.38 seconds, but Ben Katz, one of the cubes solving robot's inventors, said "The time is from the moment the key press is registered on the computer, to when the last face is flipped. It includes image capture and computation time, as well as actually moving the cube."
For those who are unfamiliar with the ways of the cube, there are several algorithms or specific series movements necessary to arrange each piece perfectly. Two young men, Ben Katz and Jared di Carlo, collaborated on this project, incorporating code with these basic algorithms and creating a machine to execute them at lightning speed. You can hardly see the solution unless you slow it down.
Be sure to check it out. Be sure not to blink, cause you will miss it.