Nope, that’s not a typo.
0.38 seconds is how long it takes to get through one-fifth of the first movie ever made, listen to me summarise my accomplishments in life and for this machine to solve a Rubik’s cube.
3.8 seconds would have been impressive enough, to be honest.
Check out the video below:
That’s all you can hear. You can barely even see it happen.
Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo created the machine after vowing to beat the previous record, which was set by engineers at Infineon:
Pathetic, right? They couldn’t even do it in less than half a second. I’m not even sure they are qualified engineers.
Katz and Di Carlo’s machine was timed from the moment the machine started to the moment the last face of the Rubik’s cube is flipped into position.
Katz gave a pretty technical run-down of how the machine works in a blog post, but it’s pretty hard to digest if you’re a layperson like me.
Di Carlo explained in a blog post of his own, “We noticed that all of the fast Rubik’s Cube solvers were using stepper motors, and thought that we could do better if we used better motors.”
As far as I can tell, the current world record for a standard 3x3x3 cube is held by one SeungBeom Cho from South Korea. Check it out:
I guess it’s impressive. But after watching the robot do it, SeungBeom seems a little sluggish, doesn’t he? Come back to me when you can do it so fast my eyes can’t even process it, mate.