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Lego robot breaks Rubik’s Cube record


Unveiled at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK, the Cubestormer 3 is constructed from the modular childrens building-block toy but uses a Samsung Galaxy SIV smartphone with a special ARM chip addition as its brain. It analyzes the muddled up Rubiks Cube and powers each of the robots four ‘hands, which spin the cube until all sides are in order. Created by ARM engineer David Gilday and Securi-Plex security systems engineer Mike Dobson, Cubestormer 3s new record shaves just over two seconds off the existing record, set by Cubestormer 2, which the pair also built. As well as setting a new record for solving the standard Rubiks Cube, two other Gilday-built smartphone-powered machines set new times for solving a 4x4x4 cube — the MultiCuber 3, which managed 1 minute, 18.68 seconds — and for completing the fiendishly difficult 9x9x9 cube — the MultiCuber 999 which set a new standard at 34 minutes, 25.89 seconds.

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