WATCH THIS: Robot solves Rubik’s Cube in just over one second

Rubik’s Cube enthusiasts might as well stop trying as this new robot can destroy the world record and complete a cube in just over a second.

Created by software engineers Jay Flatland and Paul Rose, the robot can complete a cube in just 1.019 seconds. The current robot-held world record stands at 2.39 seconds, so it should come as no surprise that the pair are in the process of applying for a world record attempt.

Flatland and Rose developed the robot using 3D-printed parts and four USB webcams hooked up to a Linux PC running Kociemba Rubik’s Cube solving software. The four webcams allow the robot to see the cube and work out how best to solve it. It’s safe to say the robot is rather consistent too, with the four separate attempts shown in the video all clocking between 1 and 1.2 seconds (1.196, 1.152, 1.047 and 1.019 seconds).


Interestingly, there’s only one modification made to the Rubik’s Cube: four holes drilled into the middle of each side so the robot can manipulate the cube. However, after having read through the rather dry ruleset laid down by the World Cube Association, it shouldn’t hamper its world record attempt.

Now, watch this robot solve some puzzle cubes at a ludicrously fast pace.

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