Drones, Robots & AI

Lego robot with mobile phone brain crushes Rubik’s Cube world record

Forget supercomputers, take a fresh new look at your mobile phone. In your hand is probably more computing power than the big old room-sized computers NASA used in the 60’s for their moon missions. Think that smart phone is only for calls, texting, games, etc? After watching this you might want to think again.

Two very clever bods, David Gilday and Mike Dobson, have done exactly that.

Combining utter passion and creative thinking with ubiquitous cheap computing power and readily available building materials, they have built a robot that absolutely crushed the world record for solving the Rubik’s Cube. Wonderful evidence of the sheer creativity that can be unleashed when people re-imagine the use of relatively cheap and ubiquitous components.

Maybe next time you look at your mobile phone you’ll have more respect for what kind of computing power is sitting there in the palm of your hand :-)

Now you’ve seen the disruptive power of the computing capability of todays mobile phones and clever use of Lego, I trust this will dispell many doubts about the kinds of robots we are going to see and what kinds of tasks they can be pitted against. If you want the details of what it takes to make that super-blazing-fast Rubik Cube solver, then have a look at here :

Lego robot crushes Rubik’s Cube world record with superhuman speed

Now this robot may do nothing to add value to or enhance the quality of our general life, but it superbly illustrates what impact re-imagining the use of common, cheap articles around us can lead to.

So simple, even a kid can use it! When you next hold a humble Lego brick, think of it as no mere toy or plaything but as as an amazingly simple bit of technology. A technology that doesn’t require any training either, when did you last see that?

Though this may the latest innovative use of Lego, Lego is no stranger to clever and wonderful use. Here are a couple more innovative uses of Lego you may have missed.

World’s first full-size Lego car can hit 20 mph, powered by insane, 256-cylinder compresed air engine

Southampton engineers a Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

I think Lego should come up with some competitions to really explore and demonstrate the technological use of their humble brick. What do you think? Something for schools to think about?



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