Watch Baxter Solve A Rubik’s Cube: Working Bots Need Hobbies Too

Most of the videos you can find of Rubik’s Cube-manipulating robots are purpose-built to solve the puzzle in record time. But Baxter, designed as an affordable and easy-to-teach replacement for assembly line workers, isn’t designed for any specific task. And that’s what makes watching him solve a cube even more impressive.

Aided by some custom solving software, Baxter is able to study and manipulate the cube using just his standard cameras and articulate robotic arms. And while a world record is clearly not in Baxter’s sights, it’s still impressive to see just how capable this robot is. If you’ve somehow created a working business model involving assembly line workers solving Rubik’s Cubes all day, you’d be stupid not to add Baxter to your payroll.