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 Post subject: Minimalistic Mindcuber CompetitionPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:30 pm

Joined: Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:13 pm
Inspired by this thread, I thought it would be interesting to start a competition to build the most minimalistic 3x3x3 cube solver with the fewest number of individual Lego Mindstormer components. Speed is not important, but the solving should be at least 90% reliable, on a flat surface, with no additional external components or support.

This challenge will require some of the most creative problem solving and engineering skills, so anyone up for the challenge?

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 Post subject: Re: Minimalistic Mindcuber CompetitionPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:19 pm

Joined: Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:44 pm
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
I think it will be hard to reduce the average size of this NTX cube solvers

Mindcuber for NTX 2.0 called my attention because the turntable and the arm that moves the cube seems more secure that the tiltedtwister's ones.

My old tiltedtwister for NTX 1.0 is reliable to solve a cube with modified stickers,but it is generally slow, around 4 to 5 minutes and 40 to 70 moves to solve a more complex scramble. Sometimes the move is so strong that ejects the cube out of the turntable and you have to give a "hand" to the robot, but generally works great.

With webcams attached to the NTX 2.0 brick, it is a whole other level, for instance here in the forum i have recently checked another thread very impressive solving a micro-cube

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=23795&start=0&hilit=robot

On YouTube we can find many videos including solving a 7x7x7:

This Brazilian Robot CUBE PRIME is developed to solve a cube amazingly in less than a second and holds the cube by it's centers:

We can notice that this other robots using webcams and android cellphones are pretty larger

But to do a NTX cube solver without a webcam with less pieces than the ones above (Mindcuber and tiltedtwister), maybe reducing one Motor and scanning and moving the cube with just the turntable and the only one arm, by attaching the Infrared/Color Sensor on top of this arm. This could reduce the accurace of the scanning and the moves also.

What i think can work to reduce some lego pieces is removing the NTX head the "ultrasonic" sensor, it is only used to tell if a cube is ready to be done, this can be accomplished by pressing one NTX button to tell that the cube is ready on the turntable...

Maybe someone it is working on something like this right now...

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