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Proposal to engineer and construct MBLD scrambler machine

abunickabhi

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Aim - Make a scrambling robot that can kept on a bench, take 70+ cubes kept on it, scramble them, arrange them back in proper configuration, cover setup with cloth, alert the user and automatically start video recording of the entire setup for the duration of the attempt from an independent video recording device.


Dreamy infeasible details - Some features that I can think of from the top of head:

1) It can check for logos and Bluetooth cubes and remove them. It brings each cube in WCA orientation before it executes the scramble.

2) The robot will also stack the 60+ cubes in your desired arrangement. Also once the robot is done scrambling and arranging the cube, it pings a video system that starts taking video of the entire attempt. The user need not worry about scrambling as well as video recording.

3) The prototype should be cost effective. In the electronics, it can use Raspberry Pi or FPGA or a 32-bit processor, that takes to scrambling part and sensory parts of the system.

4)Design a product that has one basic MBLD scrambler + 70 identical 3x3 cubes + UI that user can use easily to automate MBLD scrambling process.

5) For competitions of scale of Worlds, where there are 100+ people who can do 60+ points, we have a mega robot installed at the venue. It can scramble all cubes at once in 1 minute and there will be no delay in the MBLD event. Robot should be able to detect competitor making accidental turns during memorisation and also find out the number of DNFs post attempt.

6) Benchmark the product to have smaller footprint on the table and capable of scrambling more 3x3s(~200 cubes) at once.

7) User can practice custom attempts like only 7 alg scrambles for 60+ cube attempts and so on, without having to worry about logistics of scramble generation, misscrambles, duplicate scrambles and so on.

8) Software feature of instant reconstruction from all the cube attempts (User has to feed his algsheet otherwise recon from computer vision on video feed is super hard). Also the splits for the entire attempt is generated automatically, without the user having to go through the video feed.

9) Automatic harmonica holder over the user's hand once it detects user has started execution. The system also sets alarm for one hour limit so that the competitor can stop the attempt at the hour mark, and can accurately know the number of cubes solved over the hour without having to refer to the video feed.
 

Eli Apperson

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Aim - Make a scrambling robot that can kept on a bench, take 70+ cubes kept on it, scramble them, arrange them back in proper configuration, cover setup with cloth, alert the user and automatically start video recording of the entire setup for the duration of the attempt from an independent video recording device.


Dreamy infeasible details - Some features that I can think of from the top of head:

1) It can check for logos and Bluetooth cubes and remove them. It brings each cube in WCA orientation before it executes the scramble.

2) The robot will also stack the 60+ cubes in your desired arrangement. Also once the robot is done scrambling and arranging the cube, it pings a video system that starts taking video of the entire attempt. The user need not worry about scrambling as well as video recording.

3) The prototype should be cost effective. In the electronics, it can use Raspberry Pi or FPGA or a 32-bit processor, that takes to scrambling part and sensory parts of the system.

4)Design a product that has one basic MBLD scrambler + 70 identical 3x3 cubes + UI that user can use easily to automate MBLD scrambling process.

5) For competitions of scale of Worlds, where there are 100+ people who can do 60+ points, we have a mega robot installed at the venue. It can scramble all cubes at once in 1 minute and there will be no delay in the MBLD event. Robot should be able to detect competitor making accidental turns during memorisation and also find out the number of DNFs post attempt.

6) Benchmark the product to have smaller footprint on the table and capable of scrambling more 3x3s(~200 cubes) at once.

7) User can practice custom attempts like only 7 alg scrambles for 60+ cube attempts and so on, without having to worry about logistics of scramble generation, misscrambles, duplicate scrambles and so on.

8) Software feature of instant reconstruction from all the cube attempts (User has to feed his algsheet otherwise recon from computer vision on video feed is super hard). Also the splits for the entire attempt is generated automatically, without the user having to go through the video feed.

9) Automatic harmonica holder over the user's hand once it detects user has started execution. The system also sets alarm for one hour limit so that the competitor can stop the attempt at the hour mark, and can accurately know the number of cubes solved over the hour without having to refer to the video feed.
That sounds like quite a project. I don't know how feasible it is for an event as small as multi
 

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5) For competitions of scale of Worlds, where there are 100+ people who can do 60+ points, ...
I'm sure when you put this in, you were trying to think optimistically towards the future. But considering no one has ever actually gotten 60+ points in competition yet, and only one person has ever gotten over 50 points officially yet, I think an expectation that there will someday be 100+ people who actually attend a single World Championship who can do 60+ points is pretty extremely unlikely, at least in our lifetimes. There are several people who "can do 60+ points", even if no one has actually officially done it, but several is a lot smaller than 100!

I suppose I know better than to underestimate abilities of people to improve. But I do predict that by the time we have 100+ people able to do 60+ points in multiBLD at Worlds, it will probably also require a sub-6 average to even make it to 3x3x3 speedsolve second round at Worlds. :)
 
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