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Watch a robot solve the Rubik’s cube in record time!

08 March 2018

Smashing the previous record of 0.637, the robotic contraption managed to solve the puzzle in 0.38 seconds, with the potential to go even faster.

Image courtesy of Ben Katz/YouTube

Ben Katz, a MIT student, worked with Jared Di Carlo to create the robot. It’s made up of the following parts:

• 6 Kollmorgen ServoDisc U9-series motors. 2 were taken from Ben’s old robot arm project, the rest were found on ebay. Each motor has a US Digital optical encoder on the back, also purchased for a bargain on ebay

• 6 custom motor drivers

• 2 PlayStation Eye cameras

• 1 Rubik's Cube


In his blog post, Ben states that the machine can definitely go faster but the tuning process is time consuming. It may be something Ben and Jared re-visit in the near future, so watch out!

Video courtesy of Ben Katz

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