The Rubik's Cube has befuddled countless people around the globe since its invention in 1974. Though the fastest solver was able to twist and turn the colored cube in about six seconds, the average person takes about three hours before throwing it across the room and not touching it again for several years.
For those of us mere mortals who struggle to solve this iconic puzzle, YouTuber Jay Flatland has seemingly created a miracle. Not only was he able to create a robot capable of perfectly solving the Rubik's Cube, but it is capable of completing it faster than ever before, with all six sides perfectly sorted in just over a second.
No matter what position the colors are in — out of 42 quintillion possibilities — the Rubik's Cube can be solved by repeating the same movements over and over again until each side is complete.
This robot grips the puzzle with special 3-D-printed feet that fit into holes drilled into the center square on each side of the cube. Aside from the holes, no other modifications to the Rubik's Cube were made. Cameras analyze the cube, noting where each color is located at the beginning. An algorithm then formulates how many moves it will take to solve the puzzle. When the program gets the command to go, the sides start swirling around insanely fast, leaving behind a solved puzzle in about 1.1 seconds.
This certainly isn't the first Rubik's-solving robot, but it is currently the fastest. Flatland states in the video that they are in the process of applying for a world record for this amazing robot's achievement.
The video has racked up more than a million views already and it's easy to understand why. This is one seriously impressive robot!
See it in action here:
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(H/T: Popular Mechanics)