Archive for the ‘For Fun’ Category

Drones For All!

Posted: February 21, 2013 by kwood94xj in For Fun

There has been a good bit of talk in the media as of late about Hobby and commercial drones. Debates on there regulation by the FCC and how they relate to surveillance on U.S. Citizens. There is a great group of people over at DIYDrones who make a arduino based Unmanned vehicle board. I have been following the project since its first board was designed. There newest version is nothing short of astounding. Not only can their boards be used on R/C Aircraft but also on R/C boats, cars, helicopters. Check it out and build yours today before the laws change and make it more difficult for hobbyist to comply.

The Ultimate Cube Solver!

Posted: February 14, 2013 by getreelfishingpro in For Fun

If you have ever been frusturated over that rubix cube that you just couldn’t solve then this isn’t going to make you feel any better about it. Mike Dobson and David Gilday have made The World’s Fastest 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube solving robot, Built using 4 x LEGO Mindstorms NXT kits (with some additional LEGO pieces) and a Samsung Galaxy SII smartphone.

CubeStormer II holds the Guiness World Record for a Robot to solve a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube which is 5.270 seconds.(including the scan time)

The machine was created by Mike and was programmed by David who also developed the two-phase algorithm which finds close to optimal solutions in milliseconds and choses the most efficient solve for the machine’s four grippers to manipulate.