three months after he released his ‘doctor Q’, a quad arm robot solving the rubik’s cube in three seconds, designer mike thomas presents his new, faster creation. with its six arms and fundamentally different basis, ‘master P’ solves the head-scratcher in 0.337 seconds, which beats the world record.

 

 

 

the former world record speedcubers that do the job in less than 1 second, use the industrial engines comprising step motors and high-end servos. this time, thomas used a more common little servo which is widely used on model cars, helicopters, and boats. ‘a normal servo that we could buy on the market was not faster,’ explains the designer. ‘so I made quite a lot of modifications to make it work, including redesigning the sensor, control circuit board, and the gearbox. still, with these changes, the speed was fast, but not enough to beat the record.’

mike thomas' master P robot beats the world record on rubic's cube designboom

 

 

mike thomas has found an alternative way to improve the time — even though he couldn’t cut down on the 20 moves required to solve the cube, he realized that if the robot turns both opposite sides at the same time, it would perform two cube moves at once. mechanically speaking, it only consumes the time of one move. as you can see in the video, the cube needed 20 moves, but with 7 pair ones, the mechanical moves were actually 13 only.

 

mike thomas' master P robot beats the world record on rubic's cube designboom

 

 

the designer explains his approach

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: maria erman | designboom

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