it's all in the programing... the speed of the ser\/o's is going to be the real limitation once they finally get the programming down pat. I can see someone getting motors so fast one day, that it actually busts the cube.
[citation][nom]zoemayne[/nom]i doubt it..... how are the sensors set up for this?[/citation]
There's a Lego web-cam in the center, right behind the cube. All it needs to do is get quick snapshots of the faces of the cube in the software, create a plan to solve it virtually, and send the commands to the servos. My brother has those servos, and they are quite fast.
[citation][nom]Gin Fushicho[/nom]Why a Netbook? Near any desktop could do it faster.[/citation]
I am guessing the solving is easy and netbook is really all that is needed, the bottleneck would be the servos moving the cube really.
Pretty cool. I would like to see how long it would take to solve a Super Rubik's Cube (can't remember if that was name of the one that had twice as many squares on each face). I had both when I was a kid. They are probably still buried in a closet somewhere.
if you use an IBM super computer, it would solve it in 1 nanosecond. Then it would skeptical of the result ("Must be a trick question somewhere") and spend the next second reconfirming the result a billion times.