Robot Grabs and Solves Rubik's Cube

RuBot II is an amazing robot that can easily pick up and solve the Rubik's cube puzzle game in a completely interactive (and talkative!) way. This is the second version of the RuBot; both were created by Pete Redmond, an avionics technician with the Irish Air Corps.

To start, the robot accepts a Rubik's cube from a (mere) human. The 'bot then grabs the cube and hoists it up to eye camera level, where its deft manipulators scan all sides of the cube. The robot can solve the Rubik's cube puzzle in remarkably short order, chatting all the while (see RuBot II video).

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Bill Christensen catalogues the inventions, technology and ideas of science fiction writers at his website, Technovelgy. He is a contributor to Live Science.