If you’re smart and dexterous, maybe you’ll get involved in speedcubing, the art and sport of solving a Rubik’s Cube as fast as humanly possible. If you’re not so dexterous, maybe you build a robot to solve the cube as fast as robotically possible instead, which it turns out is faster. As fast as 0.637 seconds, in fact.
The new record was achieved by a bot from Infineon Technologies, and here’s the footage. Watch closely because if you blink, you’ll miss it:
There have been machines to solve Rubik’s Cubes for years, but they’ve only recently started getting down under the one-second mark. In 2014, the Cubestormer 3 set a record with a time of 3.253, which seems like an eon in hindsight. In January of this year, someone managed 1.196. Then, in February, came the sub-second record of 0.887. Now, with .0637 on the board, it looks like half a second is the next milestone to beat, if it’s even possible.
I say this every time, only to be astounded yet again but: how much faster can they possibly get?
Source: Infineon Technologies via The Verge