Rubik's Cube Challenge Gets A New Edge Many still play with the toy, which been around for more than 30 years. The puzzle that challenges players to align a single color on each side first went on the market in 1980. A new generation of players is pushing the limits of the Rubik's Cube using modern technology.

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Rubik's Cube Challenge Gets A New Edge

# Rubik's Cube Challenge Gets A New Edge

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The new generation of Rubick's Cube players are stepping up their game, learning tips in online videos to solve the puzzle in seconds. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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When Lucas Etter's grandparents bought him a Rubik's Cube while he was visiting their retirement home, it was mainly to pass the time. Fast-forward two years, and that pastime is now an obsession.

Many are still playing with a toy that's been around for more than 30 years: the Rubik's Cube. The puzzle that challenges players to align a single color on each side first went on the market in 1980. Now a new generation of players is pushing the limits of the Rubik's Cube using modern technology.

Lucas, 10, is a "speedcuber." He uses memorized sequences or algorithms to solve the 3-D puzzle in a matter of seconds. Shortly after getting his first cube, Lucas turned to Internet videos to find the best method.

"YouTube has a lot of random stuff, but it does have good stuff too," he says.

Lucas is getting pretty fast. At a competition in November, he reached a new personal best for solving the cube: 12 seconds.

"I want to get the world record," he says.

The current record holder is teenage Australian Feliks Zemdegs. At last year's Melbourne Winter Open, Zemdegs solved the cube in just 5.66 seconds. Video of his triumph was posted to YouTube.