Robot Ruby Breaks Rubik´s Record
A group of Australian engineering students at Swinburne University of Technology have created a robot that is smart enough to solve a Rubik’s Cube in the world record time of 10 seconds.
Using a robot to solve the puzzle poses two difficult problems: finding the solution very fast, and making the robot move the pieces quickly enough.
The robot named Ruby, first scans the initial status of the scrambled cube with the help of a webcam. The solution is then developed in software and is fed to a high-speed robot via a real-time embedded control system.
The ruby bot is the brainchild of six engineering students who built it as part of their final year project for the double degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Robotics and Mechatronics)/Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Software Engineering)
The team is applying to the Guinness World Records to consider Ruby’s Rubik-solving skills.
The human world record for single time on a 3×3×3 Rubik’s Cube is currently held by Feliks Zemdegs who had a best time of 6.24 seconds at the Kubaroo Open 2011.
As of October 2010, the world’s fastest Rubik’s Cube solving robot, the Cubinator, was able to solve a scrambled Rubik’s Cube in 18.2 seconds.