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9-year-old creates robot to solve Rubik’s Cube

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A nine-year-old boy created a robot to solve the ultimate brain teaser: the Rubik’s Cube.

The cube can be agonizingly frustrating if you have no idea how to solve it.

That’s why old Noah Hinkle built a robot he calls The Mind Cuber. “It’s basically a robot that solves a Rubik’s Cube autonomously,” he says.

The world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube is 5.25 seconds. This robot is no record breaker but can probably solve it faster than the average person.

“It solved in 42 moves and two minutes and 32.3 seconds,” he says after the robot unscrambled the puzzle.

Noah and his dad, Doug Hinkle, built this Lego robot with about 500 pieces including two sensors and three motors.

“A package would come, it would be a few parts but not all of it and then he’d have to wait a couple of days for the next package to come. It was nerve-wracking for him waiting for all the stuff to get here,” says Doug.

The robot will scan the colors on the cube and then decode the puzzle.

Noah, who is on a robotics team, says it took the two a long time to piece everything together.

“A few days and a few nights, says Noah.  "We stayed up late and worked on it.”