Did you know the 2014 UK Rubik’s Cube Championships took place earlier this month where the 100 of the world’s best speed cubers from 13 countries competed to become champion.
The speedcubers had a tough challenge on their hands, as the Cubestormer III robot was charged and ready to take on the challenge, showing off its super-speedy techniques, and solving the traditional cube in just 3 seconds! AMAZING!!
The Rubik’s UK Open event consisted of many events including 2×2 Rubik’s Cube, 4×4 Rubik’s Cube, 5×5 Rubik’s Cube, Rubik’s Magic, 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube one handed and 3×3 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded. There was also a new event added for this year which involved cubers solving the Rubik’s Cube with their feet! Can you believe the winner solved this is 3.77 seconds??
For fans of the Rubik’s Cube who have never mastered the world’s most famous puzzle, a free solution guide that teaches one method to solve the Cube can be downloaded at Rubiks.com. I definitely need this. How are your Rubik’s cube skills?
We’re still trying to solve our speed cube, but my 7 year old is very happy the stickers have been replaced by tiles so his little sisters can’t peel them off. Hopefully I’ll catch our efforts on video soon.
Rubik’s Cube Fun Facts
- The Rubik’s Cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 – that’s 43 quintillion – possible combinations on its six coloured faces – but it has only ONEThe Rubik’s Cube is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year.
- More than an estimated 350 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold worldwide. If all the cubes were placed on top of each other it would be enough to reach the North Pole from the South Pole!
- ‘Cubing’ still infects people of all ages. ‘Cubaholics’ are said to suffer from ‘Rubik’s wrist’ and ‘Cubist’s thumb’!
- Ernö Rubik invented the Cube in the spring of 1974 in his home town of Budapest, Hungary.
- The current World Champion is Feliks Zemdegs from Australia who solved the Rubik’s Cube in 7.49 seconds
We were sent a speed cube to try for the purpose of this post