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This Netbook and Lego Solves Rubik's Cube in 12s

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

Still not as fast as a human can do it.

We've covered Rubik's cube-solving Nokia smartphones, but when you want it done faster, you're going to need some faster hardware.

By faster hardware, it could be both stronger physical hardware to manipulate the cube as well as a more capable computational device.

In this video, the creators used Lego Mindstorm bits and an Acer Aspire One netbook to make what is believed to be the fastest solve yet for a computer – 12 seconds.

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Impressive, but can it beat us humans? Not yet.

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    foody , February 17, 2010 7:20 PM
    Once again, computers doing very simple algorithms.
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    amd_guru , February 17, 2010 7:05 PM
    I cant even get one side to match up lol!! One step closer to terminators!
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    amd_guru , February 17, 2010 7:06 PM
    Shit i cant even solve one side of one of those...
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  • 14 Hide
    amd_guru , February 17, 2010 7:05 PM
    I cant even get one side to match up lol!! One step closer to terminators!
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    amd_guru , February 17, 2010 7:06 PM
    Shit i cant even solve one side of one of those...
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    nachowarrior , February 17, 2010 7:08 PM
    it's all in the programing... the speed of the ser\/o's is going to be the real limitation once they finally get the programming down pat. I can see someone getting motors so fast one day, that it actually busts the cube. :-p
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    zoemayne , February 17, 2010 7:16 PM
    i doubt it..... how are the sensors set up for this?
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    foody , February 17, 2010 7:20 PM
    Once again, computers doing very simple algorithms.
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    sliem , February 17, 2010 7:23 PM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI_zjWssn2g&feature=related
    6.57 s
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    ravewulf , February 17, 2010 8:10 PM
    zoemaynei doubt it..... how are the sensors set up for this?


    There's a Lego web-cam in the center, right behind the cube. All it needs to do is get quick snapshots of the faces of the cube in the software, create a plan to solve it virtually, and send the commands to the servos. My brother has those servos, and they are quite fast.
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    Gin Fushicho , February 17, 2010 8:11 PM
    Why a Netbook? Near any desktop could do it faster.
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    buwish , February 17, 2010 8:32 PM
    I'm sure there are plenty of chips out there that could do it faster. However, they build a mechanical "solver" out of legos...how cool is that?!
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    Camikazi , February 17, 2010 8:39 PM
    Gin FushichoWhy a Netbook? Near any desktop could do it faster.

    I am guessing the solving is easy and netbook is really all that is needed, the bottleneck would be the servos moving the cube really.
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    dj1001 , February 17, 2010 8:42 PM
    Gin FushichoWhy a Netbook? Near any desktop could do it faster.


    it probably doesn't require much processor power at all

    so that intel atom is most likely overkill for the task
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    MattBauer09 , February 17, 2010 9:03 PM
    Maybe solving a Rubik's cube with that nifty machine in Overclocking Tournaments should be incorporated :) 
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    ph3412b07 , February 17, 2010 9:29 PM
    lego actuators are slow compared to a skilled human operator. with some real hardware you could probably get it done in a second
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    CBaca , February 17, 2010 10:04 PM
    Pretty cool. I would like to see how long it would take to solve a Super Rubik's Cube (can't remember if that was name of the one that had twice as many squares on each face). I had both when I was a kid. They are probably still buried in a closet somewhere.
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    gekko668 , February 17, 2010 10:08 PM
    That's cool. I want to see it assemble a jigsaw puzzle.
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    zanraptora , February 17, 2010 10:28 PM
    It would really be interesting if they could scale this down to use a micro-controller... Perhaps they should also try to program for the 4x4x4 and 5x5x5 cubes!
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    xxsk8er101xx , February 17, 2010 10:42 PM
    Something tells me he'll be getting a military 1 billion dollar contract to make thousands of those!
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    fflam , February 18, 2010 12:13 AM
    http://www.wrongway.org/cube/solve.html

    you can wright the software so a web page can solve a cube in milliseconds. a net book dedicated to the task is WAY overkill.
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    Anonymous , February 18, 2010 6:35 AM
    Robot with servos solves in about 6 seconds.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwWDBRQ5rPc
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    rags_20 , February 18, 2010 9:55 AM
    Why does it say 12 when it did it in less than 11?
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