Rubik’s Cube Solves Itself While Floating Mid-Air, Saving You out of Trouble
Rubik’s Cube: love it or hate it, it is a source of fascination and frustration that everyone can agree on. You’ve probably had one in your hands at one point and fumbled with it aimlessly; if you know its trick, you might have even solved one.
Takashi Kaburagi built a Rubik's Cube that solves itself. As you’ll see once you watch the video, this robot is cleverly designed to twist and turn itself back to the solved position from the inside.
You might think that the video is an animation; however, it is completely real. The design has magnets that enable it to levitate. Moreover, it has a custom 3D-printed core and is powered by a series of servo motors.
The video shows the cube turning and solving itself in under a minute. Keep in mind that record time for solving the puzzle is 0.38 seconds, achieved by a robot.
You might think that it is smarter than you, but it actually just traces the rotations that were performed before it starts. China’s Du Yusheng completed the puzzle in an astonishing 3.47 seconds, so this little robot might need to up its game.
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