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Rubik's cube solving robot

This blog is dedicated to build a Rubik's cube solving robot. I'll not give you any guarantee to even update this blog or finish it. I just want to share and discuss some ideas.

The first thing I did was to buy 3 Rubik's cubes at taobao.com (a kind of Chinese Ebay), each around 10 RMB.  I bought 3 pieces, because I wanted to avoid one or two samples are getting damaged during my experiments and evaluations and I needed then to find exactly the same kind of probes for my experiments again, which can be quite annoying.

The cubes I bought have a side length of 57 mm with standard surface colors: white, red, yellow, orange, green and blue. Firstly I modulated the cube in sketchup in a 3-axis Cartesian coordinate system as shown below:

I'll go for two 2-DOF-grippers to do all solving movements, similar to this one. Seems to be much more, but it can be all simplified to a two 2-DOF-gripper configuration. Next step is to calculate/evaluate the minimum opening range of the grippers.

The opening range of the gripper is simply the diagonal of the square. Pythagorean theorem:

With the sketchup measurement tool we find this result too:

Now we can start to design the gripper.

Gripper under design. 1 mm aluminum sheet, two 40 mm VEX gears, Tower Pro MG 995 servo:

Finished gripper design:

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Your drawing looks promising. Can't wait t see the grippers in action.

This configuration only uses 4 servos: http://youtu.be/ThMd9YR1MAg

 Yes, but the color recognition system is a bit questionable :P

I think this looks cool, only using servos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgrYUTy5Q14&feature=relmfu