|[March 12, 2014]
ARM-Powered® Robot Aims to Break World Speed Record for Solving a Rubik's Cube at UK's Big Bang Fair 2014
CAMBRIDGE, England --(Business Wire)--
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 (News - Alert) in Birmingham, UK, on Saturday (March 15). The current record of
5.27 seconds was set just over two years ago by its predecessor
See CUBESTORMER 3 in training on ARMflix at http://youtu.be/QKj8BolN2KQ.
The new robot employs an ARM-powered Samsung (News - Alert)® Galaxy S4 smartphone to
analyze the cube and instruct four robotic hands to do the
manipulations. ARM9™ processors also power the eight LEGO® MINDSTORMS®
EV3 bricks which perform the motor sequencing and control.
"We are very confident the robot will break the record," said Dominic
Vergine, head of corporate responsibility at ARM. "The new robot can
think three times faster than its older brother. The older robot was
using intelligence from a dual-core ARM Cortex®-A9 based Samsung
Electronics' Exynos 4 Dual application processor in a Samsung Galaxy S2
smartphone. CUBESTORMER 3 will use a Galaxy S4 equipped with an Exynos 5
Octa application processor with an eight-core ARM big.LITTLE™
implementation featuring four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 processors."
CUBESTORMER 3 is the result of effort in their spare time over 18 months
by co-designers David Gilday, a principal engineer at ARM, and Mike
Dobson, a security systems engineer for Securi-Plex. The new design
features upgraded mechanics including a precision independent braking
system that will bring significant speed benefits. The software has also
been optimized to take advantage of the increased mechanical flexibility
as well as the compute power gains.
"The record-breaking attempt is a bit of fun for us," said David Gilday.
"Our real focus is to demonstrate what can be achieved with
readily-available technology to inspire young minds into taking a
greater interest in science, techology, engineering and mathematics.
We're already seeing robot technology deployed widely in the
manufacturing industry but there is now potential for robots to cope
with disruption. You can easily imagine a robot able to deal with minor
surgical procedures or perhaps even a Michelin-starred robot chef? While
the human brain is still far more powerful than any processor, it would
be fantastic to see technology with real human-kind benefits being
created by someone inspired by seeing CUBESTORMER 3 in action."
The previous record-setting attempt went viral on YouTube (News - Alert), drawing some
4 million views and CUBESTORMER 3 is expected to draw equal attention
on-line and from the crowds expected at this year's Big Bang Fair.
Guinness World Records editor-in-chief , Craig Glenday, will be present
to adjudicate at the event.
CUBESTORMER 3 will be working in time for the opening of the Big Bang (News - Alert)
Fair today (March 13) but the inventors are taking two days to get it
running at peak performance in the NEC environment.
Alongside the fastest robot to complete a Rubik's Cube attempt, David
Gilday is looking to set two further world records with other ARM-based
robots. The first, for the quickest completion of a 4x4x4 cube using his
MultiCuber 3 robot based on a Huawei (News - Alert)® Ascend P6 smartphone based on
Hisilicon's K3V2E processor. He will also attempt to set a time for
completing a 9x9x9 cube, the first time a robot has attempted this. With
the amount of solution possibilities running to 278 digits, it is a
highly complex task. It will be taken on by his MultiCuber 999 robot,
based on a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone powered by an Exynos 4 Dual
application processor. If they are successful, the new times will all be
entered in the 2015 Guinness World Records book.
Notes to Editors
ARM supports the Big Bang Fair as part of a series of planned
engagements aimed at encouraging young people to consider a career in a
science, technology, engineering or mathematics-based discipline. Our
stand in 2014 will feature experience-based activities giving visitors
the chance to program with Raspberry Pi, race robotic 'Sphero' balls
through a 3D maze and program a real robot with Robotiky.
CUBESTORMER 3 and all of the other devices can be found throughout the
Big Bang Fair at ARM's stand in the Think Digital section - stand number
Previous Guinness World Record set by CubeStormer II in November 2011.
See the film on the ARMflix
channel on YouTube.
CUBESTORMER 3 image available to download here
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