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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixTddQQ2Hs4
The video currently has seven million views. Video ends with the robot changing the cube before Flatland catches one he threw to himself.