VIDEO: #Petaluma Father & Son Build Lego Robot That Solves Rubiks Cube Puzzle

Kevin Tsujihara of #Petaluma is CEO of Warner BrosFor generations Legos are very popular with kids growing up and their legend lives on thanks to Petalumans. Our very first post was a New York Times article about Petaluma’s Kevin Tsujihara  Warner Bros. CEO Credits ‘Petaluma’ for His Winning Style & Success” who had recently released “The Lego Movie”. The Lego Movie DVD In that article he credits his ambassadorial style – “behaving like a human being” is how he put it – reflected his unpretentious upbringing in Petaluma, Calif.” The following video shows a project combining software, legos and robotics to solve a Rubiks Cube!  It was a father and son project, one that I am sure the son will remember for a lifetime.  It’s simple stuff like this that matters. When we saw this we had to share it.

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 home setThe video was posted on YouTube by the father who said:

“My six year old son and I decided to build this together. It was our first Mindstorms project and loads of fun.”

 MindCub3r is a robot that can be built from a single LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 home set or from EV3 Education Core and Expansion sets to solve the well known Rubik’s Cube puzzle. All MindCub3r software releases works with LEGO firmware versions.

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2 thoughts on “VIDEO: #Petaluma Father & Son Build Lego Robot That Solves Rubiks Cube Puzzle”

  1. AMAZING! Especially fun to hear that this was a father/son project. My son LOVED Legos and built incredibly complex structures even as a toddler. If he’d had something like Mindstorms I wonder where that would have taken him . . .

  2. This is very cool. I posted it a year ago on my Facebook page, and it came up again today. I love the inventiveness of the mechanism…

    About 15 years ago I used Lego Mindstorms together with some home built controller electronics to build a lego elevator with my son. We put LEDs and photo diodes in the small legos that have holes in them, and used that to determine the position of the car. As the car went up or down, it would break the beam at each floor, telling the controller where it was. It was then a matter of making a little TTL state machine that would compare the state of the elevator (i.e.. which floor the car was on) to the requested state (i.e which floor button had been pressed), and then causing the car motor to turn until the requested state had been achieved. I’d say, after working out the state logic , that the hardest port was making a tower that was tall enough and sturdy enough to run the car up and down without falling apart (we did 4 floors, so it was about 24 inches tall).

    Bravo to these guys though! Much more dramatic and much cooler project!

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