Get Your LEGO Bricks, USB and Your Laptop Now. Why? To Solve That 5x5 Rubik's Cube!

The life of a geek sometimes is really simple, isn’t it? Take some popular geek meta: laptops, USB, LEGO and Rubik’s. Now throw them all together and make one thing out of this.

Rubik’s you said? Which one? 2×2? 3×3? I guess most of you still struggle with that 3×3, right?

Let’s speak business then today: what about a 4×4 Cube or a 5×5 even? Sweating? Woser!

Trust me, they really aren’t that hard to solve. All you need are some LEGO skills. And some programming skills. Now I have to warn you: LEGO Technics. Of course that excludes all Mac Nerds who preferred to go with the Fisher-Price of computers. Next you’ll have to build a robot with your LEGO bricks.

Something like the Stair Climber. But not a stair claimber. A LEGO Technics robot to solve your cube.

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Last but not least you will need some hax0r skillz. And know C++. For Windows, yes.

That’s all. Except for the missing USB cable. From now on you’ll solve any Cube up to 5×5. Told you it wasn’t that hard!

What? Don’t believe me? Check it out yourself then.

MultiCuber achieves another world’s first. This LEGO robot demonstrates a timed relay solve of 2x2x2, 3x3x3, 4x4x4 and 5x5x5 Rubik’s cubes. This hopefully explains why the robot was given it’s name!

This version of MultiCuber can solve cubes between about 5cm and 6cm. A second version has also been created that can solve physically larger cubes including the 6x6x6 V-CUBE 6.

The robot itself is built entirely out of LEGO including a Mindstorms NXT kit and Vision Command webcam. Both the solver application running on the laptop and the embedded software running on the NXT were written in C++. The laptop communicates with the NXT via USB.

And so was born today’s Nerd of the Week. Yes, I know that’s two in one week, can’t help it when they are that smart and awesome, can you?.

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