Tuesday, September 21, 2010
iReporters throw down Rubik's Cube gauntlet

 

The Rubik's Cube is a baffling instrument of cerebral torture for many, but a piece of cake for others. Once you've figured out the strategy, we're told, it's no sweat. So it's fun to see iReporters from all kinds of places showing how handily you can put solid colors on all those cube faces.

 

Repeat time-lapse rock star justinashar recently showed us an outstanding stop-motion video about the cube that he made by shooting 788 photos of the cube being solved. We thought it was awesome and we hope you'll check it out and find it as inspiring as we did. That really got our attention because we knew the 30th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube was this year.

 

Some people have made a game out of seeing how fast they can solve the cube. gregreesehd captured video of a 12-year-old who had beaten the Rubik's Cube in two minutes. We saw tons of comments from people saying they'd seen someone else do it, or they knew of ways to do it faster.

 

While most of us at Team iReport can’t really profess to have this knowledge, we're eager to hear what you have to say and, more importantly, see how you can or can't unscramble the Rubik's Cube. Let us know what you think in the comments area. Share a video of how you solve the Rubik's cube at CNN iReport, and if you feel up to the task, make a time-lapse or stop-motion video and send it here.

33 Comments
September 21, 2010
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This guy is so good at time lapse....he's about the only reporter I follow, can't miss even one of his reports.

September 22, 2010
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Solving is easy and gets boring.  The fun part is making patterns like checker boards, Oh's, diagonals and more.  I can even write OHIO on it.  Go Bucks.

September 22, 2010
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The speed of some of these solvers is incredible. That, however, doesn't change the fact that not all scrambling of the cube results in the same difficulty to solve it. There is no standard.

September 22, 2010
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@1931 Dude, send us a picture of that Ohio Rubik's Cube! That sounds awesome.

 

@iRichard That's a good point. What's the best way to scramble?

September 22, 2010
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Solving the cube is a series of easily learned and memorized.  I can do it in less than 2 minutes.  Never tried to make letters. (Go Blue) I will now. I have a file I can send to anyone who would like to learn how to do it.  It is step by step with pictures. Send me a private message if you want a copy.  The 4X4 cube is even harder but more fun.

September 22, 2010
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My brother has a 5x5 Rubix cube. He can do the normal ones in just a couple minutes but has yet to solve that monster.

September 22, 2010
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Back in the day (the 80s) my fastest time on the 3x3x3 was 30 seconds.  I can usually solve it, on average, in about two minutes, even today.

September 22, 2010
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I have the V-cube 7x7x7 and can solve it with Swastikas on every side.

September 22, 2010
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I have a 2x2x2 a 3x3x3 a 4x4x4 and a 5x5x5 and can solve them all. the 4x4x4 is the hardest because it has a center sphere instead of a central axis. I can solve the 2x2x2 in about 30 seconds. I can solve the 3x3x3 in about 45 seconds using the beginners solving instructions. I can solve the 4x4x4 in about 9 minutes. And I can solve the 5x5x5 in about 17 minutes. If you can solve the 3x3x3 and the 4x4x4 you can solve the 5x5x5.

September 22, 2010
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Two minutes? Do a Youtube search for "Rubik's Competition" and watch kids far younger solve in less than 30 seconds.

September 22, 2010
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When I got my first cube back in the early eighties, when they were new, I solved it from scratch without any instructions.  It took me a couple days the first time, but I did it all on my own.  After doing it a number of times, I got down to a few minutes on average.  I'm rather rusty at it now though.

September 22, 2010
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Has anyone made a Sudoku cube yet? ("SudoKube"?)

September 22, 2010
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I remember learning how to solve it back in 1981, and worked my way to where I could regularly do it in under a minute, under 40 seconds at my best.  I picked one up a few months ago and can still do all but the bottom layer in 45-60 seconds, but the final tier permutations and patterns are gone from my memory.  I'm semi-inspired to go relearn them

September 22, 2010
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Been solving the cube regularly since 81 or 82.  Won a competition at my high school in 82 for the fastest time.  Average time to solve back then was 60 seconds.  A few times, I even got as low as 40 seconds.

September 22, 2010

I can do it, but, not quickly.

September 22, 2010
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There is a man in Grand Rapids, MI making a mosaic of Dr. Martin Luther King with nothing but Rubics Cubes.  It will be 25 ft long and use about 4000 cubes.

September 22, 2010
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OK, we now have an iReport showing a solve of the cube in 23 seconds. Apparently you can do faster than that even. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-494813

September 22, 2010
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My 13 year old son got one for his birthday and taught himself how to solve it. He consistently solves it in 40 - 65 seconds. He is so good he gets asked do it at family gatherings or birthdays. Not everyone can do it so I think it says a lot about the person when they can just pick it up and do it.

September 22, 2010
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My 13-year old daughter can usually solve the 3x3x3 in under 1 minute.  She has the 4x4x4 and has solved it in 5 minutes.  This was at a school competition (7th through 12th grades), which she won.

September 22, 2010
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I taught myself to solve the 3X3X3 back when I was four years old, about 15 years before the Rubik's Cube was invented. I can solve the 17X17X17 in 33 seconds. I taught my dog to solve it, but she leaves it full of dog spit, so I bought one just for her.

September 22, 2010
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I, er, embarrassed to admit...it actually took me 11 years to figure it out. 

September 22, 2010
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The offical WCA-accepted record for a single cube solve is 7.08 seconds, there are hundreds of people who can consistently solve under 12 seconds, and many thousands who can solve in under 20.  It tires me to see articles about sub-2-minute solvers that are written by people who don't know how to do a little reasearch, or at least spend a few minutes on YouTube.

September 22, 2010
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I enjoyed your post MarcNH.  You have one smart dog.  And to be 15 years ahead of the invention I like that.  Please let me know when you find out how o turn rocks into gold.  I will invest my future money.  And mbychows most of us are not super rubik geeks.  We just enjoy the knowledge that we can do something most of the morons can't.  And we have a LIFE and are not single focused to maser a stupid cube in nano seconds.

September 22, 2010
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Here's another one, about 1:23 -- way faster than I will ever be able to. I saw at least one more land on our site, and we'll keep you posted on any more we're able to track down. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-494827

September 22, 2010
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Thank's nsaidi! I'll have the patterns Cube to you soon.

 

Jon in Los Angeles

September 22, 2010
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My record is 87 seconds, it is so easy after you practice a little while. Once you memorize the algorithms, you can even finish it with your eyes shut

September 22, 2010
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Solving is easy and gets boring.

 

How about solving it with the minimal number of moves?

 

That is called "The Length of God's Algorithm".

September 22, 2010
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My son has the 3x3 cube, and he can solve it in under 2 minutes.  He also has the 4x4 cube and the 5x5 cube, and he can solve both of those as well.  It's really just a matter of learning a few simple moves, and repeating those in the correct order.  :)

September 22, 2010
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I can usually solve the 3x3x3 in about 2 minutes.  For a challenge, I will scramble one cube and then take a solved cube and matched the scrambled one.

September 22, 2010
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The only people who can't solve it are the people who can't follow the simple instructions included with thing. Which is why being able to solve a Rubik's Cube should be required in order to vote.

September 22, 2010
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It is a great Hungarian invention. I never had the patients to solve more than one side. ;)

September 23, 2010
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We have a video showing the cube being solved in 15.76 seconds! Check it out: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-494874

September 23, 2010
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That's all fine and dandy but, can you solve it blindfolded? 

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