CubeStormer; quick solutions from LEGO parts

CubeStormer solves Rubik’s cubes and it does it quickly! Made entirely out of LEGO, a Mindstorm web camera is used to scan in the cube with four mechanical hands for manipulation. The device is capable of solving a random cube in less than 11 seconds. That’s quite a bit faster than the last Minstorm solver we saw, and the CuBear solver we are so fond of.

[Thanks Ferdinand]

20 thoughts on “CubeStormer; quick solutions from LEGO parts

  1. anyone else get a LHC vibe from the design?

    and i do wonder, can some similar design be used as a 3D printer perhaps?

  2. When someone does a hack for fun, people complain, when someone does a hack for a purpose, people complain and say that they could’ve done it better/more efficient.

    Whine whine whine.

  3. Now that I saw this I might going to take the time and read a how to solve the rubic cube howto.
    There are exactly 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 permutations. Stupid rubic cube was invented by another hungarian dirtbag who also didn’t give a fly fuck about making his miserable scum home country better but only about himself to cash out with selling the idea.

  4. “There are exactly 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 permutations. Stupid rubic cube was invented by another hungarian dirtbag who also didn’t give a fly fuck about making his miserable scum home country better but only about himself to cash out with selling the idea.” LOL uninformed. He invented it while discussing architecture and design to his students.

    In official WCA competitions, competitors are given 15 second inspection time, where they can look at the cube and move it, but not make any twists. This thing beats INSPECTION time.

  5. I just pop ‘em apart with a flathead screwdriver and put it back all right like.

    Then I don’t mess with it no more.

  6. Holy crap, that thing flies.

    Does anyone have a link about interfacing an ATMEGA or PIC with the Lego hardware?

  7. Nevermind, found one using a duino but it’s just i2c in/out for the NXT MindStorms controller, and each sensor attached has its own address.

  8. Here’s a challenge for all of you – maybe even our good friends at hack-a-day:

    Who was the first to build a computer controlled Rubik’s cube machine?

    Yeah, I wouldn’t be asking if I didn’t think I had a fighting chance. My challenge is to find evidence I’m not going mad.

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