Lego robot crushes Rubik’s Cube world record with superhuman speed

And you thought that Lego castle you built as a kid was impressive. Two engineers in England have set the world record for completing a Rubik’s Cube with a robot made from the ubiquitous plastic blocks. The (somewhat) cleverly-named Cubestormer 3 robot accomplished the impressive feat in just 3.253 seconds — about 62 percent faster than the previous world record, which was held by the second-generation version of the robot. That time also destroyed the current human record, set by the Dutchman Mats Valk, who set a 5.55 second time last year.

Of course, it takes a bit more than some Lego bricks to come up with that kind of time. The robot itself uses motors, actuators, and arms from a handful of Lego Mindstorm sets, while a custom-made…

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