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Sub1 Robot Challenges 3D Printed Robot’s Rubik’s Cube Solving Record

by • February 16, 2016 • No Comments

310F547A00000578-0-image-a-22_1455123996178It seems like there’s been a lot of news lately of the world of Rubik’s Cube record-breaking robots. Less than one month ago we covered a 3D printed robot, of Jay Flatland and Paul Rose, that was able-bodied to solve the Rubik’s Cube in only over a 2nd. This robot is defined as having “a cube-holding frame, stepper motors, and USB-powered cameras that capture, in high resolution, the cube’s form.” This robot beat a 2014 record previously set by David Gilday and Mike Dobson, who made a robot that solved the Cube in 3.253 2nds. Now the lucky number seems to be 0.887 2nds (!) and has been set by German engineer Albert Beer.

Who may have idea that the world of robots, a few 3D printed, solving the Rubik’s Cube in 2nds for fame and glory, may be so competitive? There’s no doubt that several people have been up to this challenge of creating an actually faster robot for Cube-solving purposes. Beer’s machine, that is named Sub1, has been filmed solving the Rubik’s Cube in under a 2nd, but this record has not been officially approved by the Guinness World Records — yet.


The Rubik’s Cube solving challenge where Beer’s robot delivered in under a 2nd occurred at Munich, Germost’s Cubikon Store. According to Sarah Griffiths of the Daily Mail Online:

“The moment the begin button was pressed, shutters were removed of two webcams trained on the cube. From the two pictures taken – every revealing three sides of the cube – a laptop synonymous the colours and calculated a solution via a two-phase algorithm. This being done in a split 2nd, the solution was passed through a microcontroller board that orchestrated the 20 moves utilized to solve the puzzle.”


Whilst Beer’s robot has not officially been best known as breaking the world record, bumping Flatland and Rose’s 3D printed robot off the charts, Beer seems perfectly confident that he can soon be the official title holder. He reports that he sacrificed much time and effort producing the speedy Sub1 robot, spending “several hundreds of working hours to create, create, program, and tune.” He in addition states on YouTube that the Sub1 “broke a historic barrier and finished the last move in new world record time.”

Whilst Flatland and Rose’s record holding robot placed 3D printed robots on the map for this kind of puzzle-solving, it is most likely that there can be most additional speedy 3D printed robots in the following that can go on to hustle the record, leaving us to wonder, “How much faster can it get?” (And… when can we see the following 3D printed one?)

You can take a appear at the at a lower place video to see the Sub1 in action. Discuss in the Sub1 Robot forum over at 3DPB.com.