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Robot does Rubik's Cube in 10 secs, claims crown

Australian university says its machine is the fastest as Rubik robots come within seconds of the speediest human.

Swinburne University of Technology

Robots are quickly catching up to humans in rapidly solving Rubik's Cubes, with an Australian machine now completing the puzzle in just over 10 seconds.

Ruby, developed by students at Swinburne University of Technology, can solve a scrambled cube in 10.18 seconds including scan time, which the university says is the fastest speed in the world for a robot.

The students want to apply for a Guinness World Record, but other machines may challenge the claim. CubeStormer, a Lego-built speed solver, appears to solve a cube in 9.2 seconds in this video.

Another machine developed at UC Berkeley appears to solve the cube in 6 seconds in this video, but it's unclear if that includes the time needed to analyze the puzzle before solving it.

Swinburne University, though, says the Cubinator was the fastest Rubik's Cube robot, with a speed of 18.2 seconds as of October 2010. The team that built the Swinburne machine consists of twins David and Richard Bain, Daniel Purvis, Jarrod Boyes, Miriam Parkinson, and Jonathan Goldwasser.

The current human world record for solving the Cube is held by Feliks Zemdegs with 6.24 seconds, but that does not include inspection time (speedcubing competitors are allowed up to 15 seconds). Check out the video here.

Here's a video of the Swinburne machine. I think it would be a close call if it went up against Zemdegs. Another Deep Blue moment is coming.