So it takes us around 5 hours, twelve or thirteen cups of strong coffee and a stress ball to eventually complete the Rubik’s Cube.
We’re well aware that our mental faculties are much better used elsewhere. But believe it or not there are people out there who can complete it in a few seconds. You can see there incredible videos on YouTube where people like Collin Burns and Lucas Etter move their hands at mind-boggling speeds to complete the challenge in around 5 seconds.
Well like with many things, it seems we’ve been outdone again by robots. Engineers Jay Flatland and Paul Rose have developed a robot that can complete the Rubik’s Cube even faster than that. But how long does it take the robot to complete the challenge?
Believe it or not, the answer is 1 second. Well, 1.019 seconds to be exact. The robot obviously has the advantage of harnesses lots of computer power and the ability to move the Cube much faster than us humans do, so it is perhaps not surprising that it can solve the iconic 70s puzzle faster than we can, but 1.019 seconds is still incredibly impressive.
Not only is it fast, it is consistent. In the number of attempts that the engineers have made public, many of them solved the puzzle in-between 1 and 1.2 seconds.
Watch the impressive video below.