Here is a creation that I conceived about 10 years ago and for which I created many prototypes. I only succeeded in realising it recently after tempting my great friend Mike Dobson (co-designer of CubeStormers II and 3) to work on the project with me for the last two years.
You may have already seen the LEGO MultiCuber robots solving physical cubes from 2x2x2 thru 7x7x7.
However, the algorithm developed for this series of robots was designed to be able solve arbitrary size cube limited only by memory and time.
The algorithm generates solutions consisting of...
I was inspired by a few people's comments to modify the MindCuber software to be able to "solve" to patterns instead of the normal solved position...
Oh - and I borrowed a few NXTs and motors from some of my other robots! ;)
I am no speedcuber, and am in total awe of all of you who are...
However, many people who have seen my LEGO Rubik's Cube solving robots have asked me about my cube-solving abilities.
So I finally thought I'd make a video for fun!
I've been having fun again and thought some of you might like to see the result :-)
Here is a video of my MultiCuber robot solving a 3x3x7 cube!
BTW I meant to ask... does anyone know how the solution length of 71 turns compares with typical human algorithms? Thanks
By popular request, I designed a new version of MindCuber that you can build from the original LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set #8527 (rather than the more recent NXT 2.0). I intend to publish build instructions and executable program for this robot in the near future so that more people have the...
I had fun adapting MindCuber (previously seen here) to solve a Void Cube:
What will you make yours do?
See http://mindcuber.com for links to instructions on the LEGO MINDSTORMS web site and other resources if you'd like to build your own.
I recently published a video of my latest LEGO Rubik's Cube solving robot that can be built from a single LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit.
It may not be as fast as CubeStormer II but it is much cheaper! ;)
EDIT: I'm thrilled to announce that MindCuber is now available to download as a bonus model on...
Mike and I are thrilled that CubeStormer II set a Guinness World Record for the fastest robot solving a Rubik's Cube this morning in the presence of the editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records in Wired.co.uk's offices in London ;-)
Here is the full article at Wired.co.uk
While Mike and I were demonstrating CubeStormer II at ARM TechCon 2011 it achieved a new "personal best" of 4.762s :D
This time is the total solve time including scan, software solve and mechanical solve.
The times and solutions for all solves at the show were recorded. For this solve...
My great friend, Mike Dobson and I got together to create CubeStormer II - Enjoy!
You may be interested to read about the journey that Mike and I took to arrive at CubeStormer II's record being printed in the book of Guinness World Records 2013 :-)
CubeStormer II - The Power of Two