Homemade Robot Solves Rubik’s Cube In One Second [VIDEO]

Homemade robot solves Rubik's Cube in one second.

The fastest humans can solve a Rubik’s Cube in about five seconds. To the average person, that statistic is pretty astounding. Unfortunately for anyone aspiring to be the next record holder, humanity’s best doesn’t hold a candle to the skills of a homemade robot.

Jay Flatland and Paul Rose have built the world’s fastest Rubik’s Cube-solving robot. The process takes all of 1.019 seconds from start to finish, leaving man’s best time in the dust. It’s a feat made possible by a few rather low-tech tricks.

First, four USB webcams quickly read the state of the cube, which is then uploaded into a PC application that runs on Linux. Then, the application is fed into a well-known algorithm which pinpoints the fewest number of moves to solve the cube in a speedy manner. The lightning-quick acceleration and deceleration of the robot is controlled by six stepper motors that are used to turn the cube. The result, a Rubik’s Cube that’s completely solved in 1.019 seconds.

The Rubik’s Cube-solving robot’s time is currently being submitted for the new Guinness World Record.

Watch the video above to see the robot solve the Rubik’s Cube several times, with only slightly varying results. And if you think that’s impressive, wait until robots graduate from college.


Photo Credit: YouTube

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Nate Santos

A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and TheSource.com. He has written for XXL magazine, Complex.com and BET.com, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.