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Man with Vandalia ties breaks Guinness World Record

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 9:06 am

Paul Rose, left, and Jay Flatland with their machine on a YouTube site.

Paul Rose, left, and Jay Flatland with their machine on a YouTube site.

An Olathe, Kansas man with Vandalia ties recently teamed with a friend to set a Guinness World Record time for solving a Rubik’s Cube.
Paul Rose is the husband of Van-Far graduate Andrea Bartison Rose as well as the son-in-law of Charlie and Sandra Bartison, of Vandalia.
Paul and his friend Jay Flatland, both of Tradebot Systems, set the new world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube in front of Guinness World Records officials on Friday, February 5. In the blink of an eye the two software developers solved a Rubik’s Cube in just 0.90 seconds. The previous machine-solving record was 2.39 seconds.
The two guys use a low-friction Rubik’s Cube along with an algorithm called Kociemba, which helps the robot make the best set of moves to solve the mixed up cube.
A 3-D printer was used to make a frame for the robot and Stepper motor feet. Stepper motors are used to grab a hold of the cube and turn it. This allows the cube to be changed quickly.
Before setting the world record, both Rose and Flatland became YouTube stars as they posted a video on how their robot works on the Social Media site. It can be viewed at
The video currently has seven million views. Video ends with the robot changing the cube before Flatland catches one he threw to himself.