Rubik’s Cube Solved in 3.253 Seconds

rubix cubeThe new Guinness World Record for a non-human solving a Rubik’s Cube was set yesterday at the UK’s Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.

The record-breaking time was set by Cubestormer 3, a robot invented by David Gilday and Mike Dobson. Gilday is a principal engineer at ARM, a Cambridge processor design company, while Dobson works for Securi-Plex as a security systems engineer.

After 18 months of work, they saw Cubestormer 3 break the previous world’s record when it solved the Rubik’s Cube in 3.253 seconds.

The previous record holder was Cubestormer 2 with a time of 5.27 seconds.

The Cubestormer 2 was also designed and built by the same team, Gilday and Dobson. The record previous to Cubestormer 2 was held by a robot built in Australia by Swinburne University students in 2011. That record clocked in at 10.69 seconds.

By comparison, the fastest human record holder is currently Mats Valk from the Netherlands with a solve speed of 5.55 seconds. Previously, the record was held by Feliks Zemdegs from Australia with a 5.66 second speed in 2011.

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