Created in 1974 by Hungarian architecture professor Ernö Rubik, the rotating rainbow-colored puzzle known as Rubik's Cube took the world by storm in the 1980s. Scrambling the cube with different colored 3x3 grids on each side creates something like 43 quintillion potential combinations. Returning it to six solid-colored sides was a popular craze that burned a lot of midnight oil and not a few carpal tunnels.
Fast-forward to the bad news: did you know humanity no longer holds the record for the fastest Rubik's Cube solution? The human record of 5.66 seconds was broken by this device, using LEGO MINDSTORMS mechanics and a custom Android smartphone app to sove the cube in 5.35 seconds.
Perhaps more unnerving is that walking among us is a human who solves Rubik's Cubes in under six seconds. He's only seventeen years old, and he's only getting faster. He could be our John Connor of speedcubing.
Image: Flickr user athos[hun]
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