Steve Miller Band's The Joker was on the FM dial and Mohammed Ali had trounced George Forman to regain his heavyweight title in the much hyped (if questionably named) Rumble in the Jungle. Inflation had reached double digit highs, gasoline was in short supply, President Richard Nixon stepped down in the wake of the Watergate Scandal, and a 29-year-old Hungarian architect by the name of Erno Rubik had finally figured out how he could take a block made of smaller blocks and get the smaller cubes to move without causing the whole structure to fall apart. And thus, the Rubik's cube, which would eventually go on to delight and torment millions, was born. Ostensible a toy, Rubik's cube has since been the subject of everything from high school math class experiments to serious research in computer science.
If you look away from this Rubik's Cube-solving robot for even a second, you'll miss history. The Sub 1 Reloaded cracked the notorious puzzle in just 0.637 seconds earlier this year, smashing its own mark of 0.887 seconds and setting the Guinness World Record. The robot is the pride and joy of German engineer Albert Breer, who boosted its puzzle-solving power by adding a new Infineon chip. Feliks Zemdegs holds the fastest time for a human, coming in way behind the machine at a sluggish 4.73 seconds.
Its time of 0.637 seconds beat the previous world record of 0.887 seconds, set by an earlier prototype of the same machine. By contrast, the human record for solving a Rubik's cube is 4.904 seconds, set by 14 year-old Lucas Etter last year A special'speed cube' had to be used to reduce friction between the moving parts and keep the time to a minimum. The human record for solving a Rubik's cube is 4.904 seconds, set by 14 year-old Lucas Etter last year. The robot was developed to showcase the speed and reliability of Infineon's Aurix microcontrollers, which were developed to help self-driving cars recognise and avoid obstacles in rapid time The robot was developed to showcase the speed and reliability of Infineon's Aurix microcontrollers, which were developed to help self-driving cars recognise and avoid obstacles in rapid time.
There's the way we plod along trying to solve the Rubik's cube... and then there's speed cubing. Rubik's cube champion Feliks Zemdegs shared a video of solving the puzzle in a scorching 3.81 seconds -- quicker than his previous world record time of 4.73 seconds. SEE ALSO: Master solves and juggles Rubik's cubes at the same damn time The 21-year-old shares all his stats and personal bests on his Facebook and Twitter pages, should you wish to deep dive into the world of speed cubing. We share your fist-pumping joy at the end, Feliks.
If you're looking to play around with robotics, Lego's Mindstorms EV3 is a great way to get started. Now, there are robots out there that can solve a Rubik's Cube a whole lot faster than 90 seconds. The Cubestormer 3 arrived in 2014, and it smashed its predecessors time by solving a Rubik's cube in a totally bonkers 3.253 seconds. It's always impressive to see someone build a device like this out of Legos and program it to do something that most folks can't can't accomplish in an hour and a half -- let alone a minute and a half.
The incredible moment a man solves a Rubik's cube in less than FIVE SECONDS to set a new world record (as the previous champion sits next to him and grins through gritted teeth) Feliks Zemdegs, 20, solved the famous 1980s toy in just 4.73 seconds Previous world record set by Mats Valk, 20, who is sitting next to Mr Zemdegs Mr Zemdegs got ten seconds to inspect the Rubik's cube before he has to solve it Feliks Zemdegs, 20, solved the famous 1980s toy in just 4.73 seconds Mr Zemdegs got ten seconds to inspect the Rubik's cube before he has to solve it His hands move so fast the camera struggles to pick up his finger movements. Schofield talks to Duke about wing walk'Scumbag unions': Chants outside Brighton rail station Hunters forced to shoot a wild bear dead as it charges towards them Lads post the rudest mannequin challenge from "Scottish party" Impressive fireball lights up Spain's Costa del Sol night sky'We talked about life': Trump and Kanye discuss surprise meet Syria: Footage emerges of Russian special forces'fighting ISIS' Trash is dumped on woman's door step after she fails to pay'I'm going to wing walk!' Shocking moment a woman was physically dragged off a Delta... Bride paralyzed at her bachelorette party opens up about sex... Best Buy employees in Long Island chip in to buy a $300 WiiU... Woman left with huge bill after Plenty of Fish date eats... Shocking moment a woman was physically dragged off a Delta... Bride paralyzed at her bachelorette party opens up about sex... Best Buy employees in Long Island chip in to buy a $300 WiiU... Woman left with huge bill after Plenty of Fish date eats...
In just over half of a second (0.637 seconds), the Sub1 Reloaded robot made each side of the Rubik's Cube show a single color. German technology company Infineon staged the record attempt at the Electronica trade fair in Munich this week, as a way to highlight its self-driving-car technology. Infineon said more than 43 quintillion combinations of the Rubik's Cube's colored squares are possible. That same number of cubes would cover Earth in 275 layers, resulting in an approximately 65.6-foot-high layer of Rubik's Cubes, the company added.
A robot has just set a new record for the fastest-solved Rubik's Cube, according to its makers. The Sub1 Reloaded robot took just 0.637 seconds to analyse the toy and make 21 moves, so that each of the cube's sides showed a single colour. By contrast, the official Rubik's Cube record for a human is 4.904 seconds, which was set by a 14-year-old boy in 2015. "Rubik's Cube solutions are algorithmic and ideally suited to computer programs and the speed of Sub1 was genuinely impressive," said Prof Noel Sharkey, from the University of Sheffield.