A new world record for the fastest time solving a Rubik's cube has been set courtesy of teenager Collin Burns, who finished a standard size 3x3x3 cube in 5.25 seconds.
Burns made his record-setting feat at a Rubik's competition sanctioned by the World Cube Association at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
He was able to beat the former world record set by Mats Valk from the Netherlands who completed his Rubik's cube at 5.55 seconds.
While the official record has yet to be updated, the World Cube Association (WCA) has announced that Burns' time has been confirmed.
"Although this result has not been uploaded to the WCA database just yet, we can confirm that this is (or will be soon) the new official WCA world record for the 3x3x3 single solve category," the WCA stated.
"To our best knowledge, it has been performed in an official competition, with all the rules being followed; even the scramble has been checked for its correctness."
In the video uploaded by DGCubes on YouTube, Burns can be seen giving the Rubik's cube a quick look from all sides before starting the challenge. As soon as he sets the cube back on the table, the official time starts and Burns goes on to solve the puzzle.
He solves the majority of the Rubik's cube within four seconds with only one side left to finish. By the time he drops the cube on the table to signal the finish, the official timer stops the clock at 5.253 seconds.
Burns is then surrounded by other people at the event who congratulate him for the achievement.
The new record also makes Burns the only human to come closest to the fastest record ever in finishing a Rubik's cube set by a Lego device called Cubestormer 3 who clocked in at 3.253 seconds.
The Cubestormer 3 was built by engineers David Gilday and Mike Dobson from England using Lego Mindstorm sets and a customized app that was run on a Samsung Galaxy S4. The smartphone app did the analysis of the puzzle and sent the controls to the other movable parts of the robot.
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