A Rubik’s Cube has been sitting on Joe Ridgeway’s shelf since he was a child, but it wasn’t until he was studying at Rowan University that he fully embraced its challenge…

In a project that started in a Rowan course, Ridgeway and Zachary Grady, both senior electrical and computer engineering (ECE) majors, have built a robot that solves the cube in 15 seconds.

The Rubik’s Cube-Solving Robot, a year in the making, has earned the duo more than 17,000 hits on YouTube and a congratulatory note from Erno Rubik himself. And though it’s not yet official, they are confident, based on their research, that the robot is the fastest of its kind…

The robot wastes little time – after 17 moves, it twirls the descrambled cube in a modest celebration.

Ridgeway, 21, and Grady, 22, made the machine from scratch, they said, working under the guidance of Mease and ECE chair Shreekanth Mandayam and with mechanical-engineering help from graduate student Karl Dyer.

RTFA. Interesting in more ways than you might expect.




  1. artfreek101 says:

    Ah, yes… the ol’ alma mater….
    …Making leaps and bounds in the quest for better education.

    Back in my day, getting a date to fetch and open a beer was more impressive.

  2. Animby - just phoning it in says:

    Bobbo the admitted troll: Pardon me for trying to be civilized. RTA is also in the vernacular and it works just as well or better in the case I mentioned. We should save the emboldened acronym for morans like Alfie who comment without reading first. As for you? As I said, you denigrate your own posts and hide your intelligence by excessively taunting the shyer members and childishly calling names. You are as bad with the term “pukes” as Alfie is with “sheeple.”

    My grandmothers have both died, thank you very much. I have no one looking over my shoulder except a love of the English language and a desire not to see it defiled to no purpose.

    Now run away and have another bottle of wine. I swear most of your posts for the last couple of weeks sounded more like a decent cabernet than Bobbo.

  3. bobbo, real analysis not personality blogging is the key says:

    Animby==not missing a beat eh? I just watched a report on counterfeit drugs. I did think of you: how would Animby be posting if he went to a website that covered medical issues and he ran into a bunch of people who advocated, argued, worked for the importation and profiteering from counterfeit drugs? For how long would you post reasonably when day after day you see people dying from the effects of adulterated drugs?

    As stated–I see the destruction of America coming on strong from the postings of what I call PUKES. I’m NOT talking about people who disagree with me, I’m talking about people, quite a few who post here, who are advocating an adulterated political fraud on the public.

    YOU should be more upset about than you are.

    We all should be.

    Including the PUKES.

  4. pedro says:

    #14 This is not a mirror for you to be saying your daily affirmations. Leave that to yourself. We already know how pathetic you are so no need for showing it.

    And please, let’s hear it for Bobbo le Puke

  5. Animby - just phoning it in says:

    Bobbo – Again, I say, the English language is a wonderful thing. It is rich in words and history. However – counterfeit does not equal adulterated. Thailand, India, Brazil are just a few the nations that allow the production of counterfeit drugs. How do you think the HIV patients in Cambodia would ever get treated if they couldn’t get cheap, counterfeit drugs? How about the old men in India who couldn’t reproduce without some help from Kamagra or Apcalis? They’re not “generics”, they are counterfeit. They look like the real thing, the name is similar and the drugs are pure by their national standards. You do have to get them from a reputable source. China and Russia have a nasty habit of selling drugs that look like the real thing but have no medicine in them at all. Cross the border into Burma (sorry, Myanmar) and you will be lost in a tsunami of teenage boys trying to get you to buy their Viagra. Fifty cents per 100 mg tablet. Such a deal! But adulterated? Can’t say I’ve run into any of those. My medical dictionary defines adulterated as “to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance…”

    So, you want universal health care. One wau we can afford it is to import the expensive drugs from Brazil or wherever. I believe the UK has started doing that. Some insurers are requiring you get the good stuff from their pharmacy providers who, of course, are ordering it from overseas. You can bet your pants that Glaxo-Smith-Kline outside Bangkok is not manufacturing “adulterated” drugs. But they are licensed by Thailand to make some “counterfeits.” Why, I’ve even heard some medical plans are shipping people to Calcutta (Sorry: Golgatta) or Bangkok for major surgeries. Even with the price of an airline ticket and hotel, it’s a lot cheaper. Come on over, Bobbo. I can get that prostate of yours reamed out for pennies on the dollar of what it would cost in the States. And, if you like, afterward, we can find you a little brown lady to try it out on.

  6. bobbo, real analysis not personality blogging is the key says:

    Ha, ha. Animby–I think you got lost somewhere in a tangent about counterfeit. When drugs are made in a cess pool in Mexico and packaged to look like “Bayer” that is counterfeit: you aren’t getting what you are promised on the package. Now, if that counterfeit in addition to not being made by the reputable company is also not more than sugar and chalk for 1 cent a piece instead of the $30 wonder drug you need to recover, then it is also adulterated. Apparently, the counterfeit drugs from Mexico are all adulterated, not the good counterfeit drugs you have experience with.

    Good thing we are discussing medications that I have little interest in given I am never sick and don’t need them, otherwise, I’d have to complain that you argue like a PUKE: using a special case that is an exception what the germane issue is to distract from the general rule that is killing people.

    I don’t care about killer drugs, and you don’t care about killer politics. Let’s just talk politely about it as we would any other subject: like gentlemen.

    I wish WATSON were up and running. I’d like to ask it to confirm how often I call a posting individual here a PUKE as opposed to characterizing “an idea” as representative of PUKE politics. Not that it makes that much difference I guess.

  7. bobbo, real analysis not personality blogging is the key says:

    Speaking of drugs, many of which can be exchanged for a Rubik’s Cube, on a related subject, it sure looks like it is high time for an unadulterated copy of Mekena to be offered:

    http://techdirt.com/articles/20110311/01545013458/retroactive-drug-monopoly-raises-rates-10-to-1500.shtml

    When is the stupid government going to figure out if you authorize a monopoly provider, you have to control the price? PUKE politics at work no doubt. “Think of the kiddies” but don’t regulate us just trust us to do the right thing.”

    Ha, ha. Stoopid Hoomans who trust PUKES to do the right thing. Note: they never do.

  8. Nobody says:

    On a similar note has it been proved that the comments on any Dvorak blog story will descend into a medical services/ republicans/ democrats /Obama /911 rant in less than 20 moves?

  9. Animby ... dropping a dime says:

    Bob Bo … I am a registered Dem; always have been. I admit as I get older my lessons are more to the right. If they could drop the religion from their politics they might sway me.

    Interesting article. I can’t imagine taking a standard drug and suddenly putting it on patent. You blaming such a move by a Democratic administration on the Republicans is equally mystifying. You don’t moonlight as Dallas, do you?

    #28 nobody : please document your “proven” assertion.

  10. Cristina in Tampa says:

    …sigh…being a child who actually LIVED the “rubik’s cube generation”…there were only a few months before (without the aide of the then, futuristic “Internet”) we were all aware of the 50 or so memorized movements that it took to solve the cube…seeing a robot do this isn’t so impressive.

  11. bobbo, real analysis not personality blogging is the key says:

    Animby–thank you very much. Your criticism that I made a Democratic move into a Republican one hit home. But it comes down to the fluidity of words and ideas, their meaning and context.

    Yes, I rail against PUKES but never without giving my reasons why and often with alternatives. something that rarely happens by any other poster on this blog==or any other blog. Pick your epithet thrower and ask them to explain/justify/suggest an alternative and wait for the white space to remain forever. You don’t have to ask me that, usually its all there to start with.

    So, initially I thought your criticism was wrong, for in reality, how often am “I”? But you have me. Then I saw my use of PUKE was consistent with why it rankles me so and it was right there with what I posted: perfidy. Anyone who says they are doing one thing while actually doing something else is a PUKE. Just so happens that right now, such activities have been demonstrated most egregiously by the Republican Party hence they gain my ire. I am not a Dem, nor a Pub, I loath them both BUT I recognize the Pubs are consistently worse. That doesn’t make the Dems a “good” political party, it just makes them better/not quite as bad, as the Pubs. The Pubs out PUKE the Dems. Its why so many long time/hard core fiscal conservatives and old school Republicans are disgusted by their own party.

    Its all definitional. Its like Rubrik’s Cube–a puzzle. Sadly the answer to the political puzzle is to “not play the game.” Smash the cube on the floor, sweep the pieces away, build another cube.

    I see Nuke Energy is even now being talked up for its safety and its cheapness and its necessity as part of our energy mix. Makes me want to PUKE!

  12. JimD says:

    #1 – the robot had only one hand, while the kid used two – not fair !!!