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2011 VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR ENTRY
The project “Cube It!” consisted of a 3D Rubik’s Cube application. The application has functions that will scramble and solve the cube. Along with that, it has the ability to have the user view the moves and change the speed of the moves from anywhere between two hundred moves per second and half a move per second. It also allows the user to input their own position onto a 2D net of the Rubik’s Cube and the computer will generate a set of algorithms needed to solve the puzzle. The application has been programmed in C++ using Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE. Along with that it uses OpenGL for the 3D graphic creation. It is a win32 application; this means that it can’t natively run on UNIX based operating systems. Future additions to this project include ports to UNIX based systems, a more optimized solution, a physical robot that is able to scan and solve the cube, and the ability to input your position directly onto the 3D cube.
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