Watch This Robot Solve A Rubik's Cube In Just Over One Second

January 25, 2016 | by Tom Hale

Photo credit: Jay Flatland/Youtube

The fastest time for a human to solve a Rubik’s cube is 4.9 seconds. This robot can do it in 1.019 seconds.

Software engineers Jay Flatland and Paul Rose built this piece of kit, which uses four webcams to determine the state of the jumbled cube. The information is then fed into a computer, using the Kociemba Rubik’s cube-solving algorithm to work out a set of moves to solve the puzzle. A set of small motors mounted in a 3D-printed frame then swivel the, presumably extremely well-oiled, Rubik’s cube.

The previous quickest time for a robot to solve the cube is 2.39 seconds, so it looks like this could be a record breaker; however, they're still waiting for official verification from Guinness World Records.

Pretty impressive. Although some super slow-motion footage wouldn’t go amiss.