Rubiks Cube Scrambler Idea's

Hello everybody! My name is phantomoperator and I just recently joined this forum to see if I could get some advice on how I should approach a very specific problem of mine.

A friend of mine and I are big into solving rubiks cubes and we both can currently solve them in less than 20 seconds. Here is a our dilemma. We hate scrambling the cubes. It takes us longer to scramble than actually solve the thing. What we want to do is a build an arduino powered scrambler where all we have to do is a press a button and have it scramble a cube.

Here is the problem with that. We dont know whether or not it would be best to use servos or stepper motors and even then, how to go about controlling them. We were leaning towards servos since they are small but they would have to be continuous rotation to work with our design.

Any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

Have you seen some of scramblers on youtube? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgAdcsDC0IM

CrossRoads: Have you seen some of scramblers on youtube? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgAdcsDC0IM

that's pretty cool :)

Here's a little idea though. How about if you had an array of 9x9 multicolour LEDS. Under the centre one you could also have a microswitch. Now by assembling 6 of these into a cube you could have a virtual Rubic cube.. Press any single button and it will rotate that face (simply by changing the colours of all the affected LEDS). You could then have combinations of button presses to give other instructions (ie shuffle or solve or do a fancy light show.).

No moving parts required.

KenF:

CrossRoads: Have you seen some of scramblers on youtube? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgAdcsDC0IM

that's pretty cool :)

Here's a little idea though. How about if you had an array of 9x9 multicolour LEDS.

The Rubik cubes I've seen have 5 X 5 faces. 9 X 9 would make it many levels of difficulty harder.

Henry_Best:

KenF:

CrossRoads: Have you seen some of scramblers on youtube? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgAdcsDC0IM

that's pretty cool :)

Here's a little idea though. How about if you had an array of 9x9 multicolour LEDS.

The Rubik cubes I've seen have 5 X 5 faces. 9 X 9 would make it many levels of difficulty harder.

Yep I meant 3x3 :blush:

But it could work eh?

KenF:

CrossRoads: Have you seen some of scramblers on youtube? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgAdcsDC0IM

that's pretty cool :)

Here's a little idea though. How about if you had an array of 9x9 multicolour LEDS. Under the centre one you could also have a microswitch. Now by assembling 6 of these into a cube you could have a virtual Rubic cube.. Press any single button and it will rotate that face (simply by changing the colours of all the affected LEDS). You could then have combinations of button presses to give other instructions (ie shuffle or solve or do a fancy light show.).

No moving parts required.

They already have that. they are called touch cubes. I want something that I can stick a physical cube into and have it turn the faces and scramble/mix up the cube.