What are some of the hardest puzzles that you have played with in the past, especially during your younger days? I am quite sure that for many of us, it is the Rubik’s Cube that has confounded us for a fair number of years, until frustration reaches a level where we rearrange the colored stickers manually and consider it “solved”. Well, robots are pretty good at tasks such as the Rubik’s Cube, which is why ARM has stepped forward to announce that it has managed to come up with one of the components in the CUBESTORMER 3 robot, which will include LEGO bricks as well as a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone with the goal of breaking the Rubik’s Cube speed record.
ARM mentioned, “The CUBESTORMER 3 robot which uses ARM processor technology has started final testing before attempting to break the Guinness World Records title for solving a Rubik’s Cube at the Big Bang Fair being held at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, on Saturday (March 15). The current record of 5.27 seconds was set just over two years ago by its predecessor CubeStormer II.”
ARM is confident that the existing record will be shattered, since this new robot is capable of thinking up to three times faster compared to its older brother. The older robot relied on intelligence from a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 based Samsung Electronics’ Exynos 4 Dual application processor in a Samsung Galaxy S2, but the CUBESTORMER 3 runs on a Galaxy S4 equipped with an Exynos 5 Octa application processor that has an eight-core ARM big.LITTLE implementation which boasts of a quartet of Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 processors.