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]

Comments

  1. Decius says:

    That was intense!

  2. spyder_21 says:

    that’s fast and cool, but why build it?

  3. turn.self.off says:

    anyone else get a LHC vibe from the design?

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

  4. Michael Chen says:

    @spyder_21 Why not to?

    I got to admit it, that thing is fast.

  5. gregman_1 says:

    @spyder_21-Did you really just ask that queston? On Hack-A-Day, no less?

  6. Gordunk says:

    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.

  7. chris says:

    neato very nice hack!! and that bg music sounds good enough for a take down notice!

  8. TheFish says:

    Lego should make kits like this.

  9. yup says:

    three minutes is my fastest time so I guess kudos to the bot…

  10. omgthatsawesome says:

    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.

  11. Rob says:

    “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.

  12. fryser_d says:

    Now the world can rest in peace.

    Loll… fucking nice work men; That’s fucking awesome XD)

  13. Noobius says:

    Pure awesomeness. That is all.

  14. strider_mt2k says:

    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.

  15. mostlymac says:

    It’d be nice to have a feature to slow it down so you could see the moves that are being done. You know, for those of who learn by seeing and actually like doing Rubik’s cubes.

    For those of you who just get frustrated, this is the best Rubik’s cube solution guide I’ve found: http://www.chessandpoker.com/rubiks-cube-solution.html.

  16. M4CGYV3R says:

    Holy crap, that thing flies.

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

  17. M4CGYV3R says:

    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.

  18. Mike says:

    Finally I can solve the 9,000 cubes lying around my house!

  19. st2000 says:

    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.

  20. fabulous says:

    that is so cool, why not build this? this is a cube master

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