Solving the Rubik’s Cube with a Lego Computer

Most technically-oriented people are smart enough to master chemistry, physics, and advanced math, yet too often much of that knowledge will go to waste unless they channel their technical know-how into some type of productive use. Some people start up companies like Google, others apply their brainpower to mastering business. Two Dutch engineers decided to use their brainpower to create a Lego Mindstorms computer and a Samsung smartphone to create a Rubik’s Cube solving robot.

Amazingly, their combination Lego/Samsung computer set the world’s record for solving the Rubik’s Cube in 3.253 seconds, shattering the old record (that their Lego computer also set) of 5.55 seconds.

Bruce Lee once said, “The successful warrior is the average┬áman, with laser-like focus.” If two Dutch engineers could use their creativity to make a Rubik’s Cube-solving robot out of Legos, there’s no limit to what other engineers and scientists can do. While solving the Rubik’s Cube might seem whimsical, it’s actually a complex problem that stumps many people.

Of course, you don’t have to create a game-playing robot out of Legos. Use your imagination and think of ways to create a low-cost water filter that never needs replacement parts. Develop low-cost solar panels. Innovation rides on the back of creative minds that often come from the scientific world. While Wall Street bankers may make a lot more money, they often contribute little to the well-being of society. As scientists and engineers, you not only have the know-how to solve technical problems, but you have far greater opportunities to achieve much more than any executive with an MBA could ever do.

Put your technical knowledge to work on something wonderful today. You won’t regret your decision. If you need inspiration, watch this video of the Lego/Samsung computer solve the Rubik’s Cube puzzle.

To read more about the Lego/Samsung robot, click here.

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March 16th, 2014 by
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