Students create Rubik’s robot

Lecturer Ian Newman from West Suffolk College with the amazing Rubik's cube solving robot
Lecturer Ian Newman from West Suffolk College with the amazing Rubik's cube solving robot
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STUDENTS at West Suffolk College have created a robot made entirely from Lego - that can solve a Rubik’s cube in under two minutes.

The amazing gadget was originally created as a prototype by David Gilday, a principal engineer at ARM Ltd, but the robot’s design meant it was very unreliable.

But through fine tuning the plans, mechatronics students managed to make it more consistent, solving the popular 80’s puzzle cube in under two minutes.

The robot works by reading the colours on the cube with sensors, then using a mathematical algorithm to work out the fastest way to complete the cube in the least number of moves.

Lecturer Ian Newman said: “The result is an impressive little gadget that can solve a Rubik Cube in as little as two minutes.

“It is fascinating to watch, and this project has proved a great opportunity for our students to review and refine the original work.

“They have shown a great deal of skill and ingenuity.”

The West Suffolk College Mind-Cuber will be on display all day at The Big Bang Event at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford in Cambridgeshire on Wednesday, July 4.