Games do not have to be mindless. You can learn and develop skills, while having fun and playing too. Some good examples of these types of games are Simon and Rubik's Cube. The latter game is quite hard -- you must make each side of a cube a solid color, by rotating parts of the toy. Trust me, it is harder than it sounds.
Believe it or not, there is a way to make the Rubik's Cube even better -- robots. Yes, robots can be designed to solve a Rubik's Cube faster than any human. Today, ARM announces that it has built a robot with components that include Lego bricks and a Galaxy S4, with the intention of breaking the Rubik's Cube speed record.
"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", says ARM.
The company further explains, "we are very confident the robot will break the record. 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".
By using an Android-based phone, which utilizes Linux, and pairing it with robotics to solve a Rubik's cube, this is the ultimate nerd project. Sure, it won't change the world, but sometimes science can just be fun for the hell of it.
Check out the video below and tell me what you think in the comments.