When it comes to solving a Rubik’s cube, most of us will benefit from a little bit of help and assistance. There are some people that are extremely gifted when it comes to solving this sort of puzzle but the rest of us are usually a bit slower and troubled when it comes to solving the 80s classic. We may be the 2010s and with a vast array of technology at our disposal but there is no getting away from the fact that puzzle games like the Rubik’s cube can provide us with a great deal of fun.
Of course, the latest news that a robot has smashed the world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube may make some people give up. The robot, called the Cubestormer3, managed to complete the puzzle in 3.253 seconds, which is a ludicrously short period of time. Have a think about what you can do in three seconds. It will probably take you more than three seconds to think about one thing you can do in less than three seconds. This really is a short period of time, which may not quite be the period of time that covers a heartbeat or the blinking of an eye, but it is a really short period of time.
This record sees the designers of Cuberstormer3, defeating their own record, which they managed to set three years ago. The Guinness World Records were on hand to see the attempt and they have verified the record. There were also two other records set by one of the designers of the machine, Dave Gilday at the big event.
The other records broken that day were for the completion of other cubes, one which had a 4 by 4 by 4 structure and a 9 by 9 by 9 cube. Both of these cubes are considered to be more difficult and complicated than the standard Rubik’s Cube but they also proved no match for the mighty robot!
Robot uses a smartphone to great effect
The way that the robot managed to solve the puzzle so quickly can be traced back to the use of the mobile phone. Yes, you may spend a great deal of time on your smartphone but did you know it could help you to develop knowledge and skills that will see you smash world records? Maybe this isn’t the case for everyone but when you have four hands and the ability to take pictures of the cube and then thinking about what is the most effective way to solve the puzzle, it can certainly make a big difference. There are plenty of puzzle games to look out for when you use your smartphone and perhaps they can help you to hone your skills and become far more productive at puzzles but even with that in mind, it is extremely unlikely that your new found skills will help you to solve puzzles in such an effective manner.
Who wouldn’t love a robot?
The Cubestormer3 utilises an ARM processor for power and its main designer is a principal engineer for the company. The robot was built in the spare time of the designers and it took a period of a year and a half to bring the robot to fruition. While many of us would love the idea of building a robot, it is clearly something that takes a lot of skill, perseverance, and expertise. We probably aren’t too far away from the days when a robot can be bought to carry out menial tasks around the home but the price of this service may be too high for a great period of time.
While the skills or the robot and the designers will be the key point of the triumph, there is no doubt that the role of the smartphone should be highlighted. The simple nature of being able to take good quality pictures wherever you are is definitely something that has helped many people to get more from life. At this moment, your only concern for your phone may be in finding a great personalised phone cover or downloading the best quality ringtone but there is no doubt that you can really impact on your world by pushing your smartphone to its upper limit!
Andrew Reilly is a freelance writer with a focus on news stories and consumer interest articles. He has been writing professional for 8 years but has been writing for as long as he can care to remember. When Andrew isn’t sat behind a laptop or researching a story, he will be found watching a gig or a game of football.