Two researchers may have found the solution to building a superfast robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube, and they used a surprising tool to make it happen. Ben Katz, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, worked with Jared Di Carlo to create a machine that was able to solve the classic puzzle in just 0.39 seconds. The robot’s record beats Albert Beer’s robot that holds the Guinness World Record for 0.637 seconds.

“The machine can definitely go faster, but the tuning process is really time consuming since debugging needs to be done with the high speed camera,” Katz said in a blog post. “For the time being, Jared and I have both lost interest in playing the tuning game, but we might come back to it eventually and shave off another 100 [milliseconds] or so.”

The pair’s machine used a number of parts to solve the puzzle, but its vision system is perhaps the most surprising component. They used two PlayStation Eye cameras, the optional peripheral used by Sony’s PS3 for select games, to analyze the cube in split-seconds. Launching in 2007 for $39.99, many of them are now gathering dust in storage — Amazon lists used models for around $1 — as the PS4 that launched in 2013 uses a different camera.

Although a forgotten relic of yesteryear’s gaming, the Eye is capable of capturing footage at 187 frames per second under Linux. The hardware was paired with color detection software that identifies the cube’s colors, which then uses Kociemba’s two-phase algorithm to work out a solution. In around 45 milliseconds, the software has read the cube and passed the correct motor movements to the hardware.

Watch the incredible moment below:

To power the fast movements, the apir invested in specialized hardware. The Kollmorgen SevoDisc motors that hold the cube can move 90 degrees in just 10 milliseconds. The cube held in position is a “YJ Yulong Smooth Sitckerless Speed Cube Puzzle,” the cheapest they could find on Amazon. Ultimately, the pair only broke four cubes in their quest to beat the record.

Turns out those old game controllers are good for something after all.

Photos via Ben Katz/YouTube

Apple took down the Apple Store to begin making some updates on Wednesday morning in anticipation of its imminent product announcement. But not before some stealthy leakers were able to pull the product names of the three new iPhones — the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR — straight from a snippet of XML code. That put an end to one of the announcement’s biggest mysteries.

If you’re passionate about getting your hands on the latest in Apple’s smartphone tech, you’ll definitely want to get your pre-orders ready for the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Building upon last year’s iPhone X release, the pair of 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED smartphones both have notched screens and improved facial recognition capabilities. But the eye-popping duo also set a new standard for Apple handsets to come.

Where the iPhone XS and XS Max bring brilliant displays and a new age of processing power, the iPhone Xr introduces unique color options. The 6.1-inch LCD handset fuses the notched-screen and Face ID features that set the iPhone X apart and breathes new life into the rainbow color palette that the 2015 iPhone 5c brought to market. It will start at $749 and it will ship by October 26.

That magical moment has arrived: Apple’s “Special Event” took place on Wednesday, September 12, and with it came a slew of announcements about new Apple products. One of those products is the Series 4 Apple Watch, and all the new features that come with it. Plenty of information about the gadget has leaked in recent days, but it wasn’t until Wednesday that new specs were revealed.

On Thursday, Sony revealed its plans to reintroduce a new litter of Aibo robotic dogs to the United States market starting in September. The $2,899 electronic puppy will come retrofitted with artificial intelligence technology, which will be complimented by facial recognition capabilities and hyper-expressive OLED eyeballs.

These two features grant the robo-pups the ability to convey excitement when their owners walk through the door and make realistic sad-puppy eyes when they wants attention.