Engineer David Gilday and his co-creater Mike Dobson joined forces to build the CubeStormer II using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT for the mechanics and a smartphone for the brain. On this video he gives a fascinating insight into how the CubeStormer II was developed.
David is a Principal Engineer at ARM, which develops digital electronic products. He has always been a fan of LEGO and the Rubik’s Cube, so started to work on ways to create a puzzle solver using LEGO.
He teamed up with Mike to work on the CubeStormer II and created an app for the ARM-powered smartphone which uses a camera to take pictures and calculate a solution to the puzzle. This solution is sent to an ARM processor in the NXT brick which controls the motors to physically solve the cube.
The CubeStormer II managed to solve the Rubik’s Cube in 5.270 seconds to become the fastest robot to solve a Rubik’s Cube. The achievement can be seen in the 2013 edition of the Guinness World Records book which is out now.
See videos of CubeStormer II and other ARM-powered LEGO Rubik’s Cube robot solvers here and why not let us know what you can do with LEGO MINDSTORMS?