G251X Donation turned into USC Senior Project

We recently donated a G251X to four students from The University of Southern California for a Senior Project. They made an incredible reactive trajectory system and are using the G251X to communicate with their x axis motor.

The team of 4 decided to test the capabilities of a reactive trajectory tracking system. (Picture below)

hockey-table-after

“Our theories on contour detection are being tested by building an air hockey robot. As you can see, we mounted a camera above the center of the table.  This camera would capture video of the hockey puck moving about the table.  The computer would track the puck by detecting it’s shape and size (called “contour detection”) and predict its trajectory.  Based on this trajectory, the system would use a motor and pulley system to move a mallet to the correct position and hit the puck.  The motor and pulley is used in a H-bot configuration, similar to those used in a typical 3d printer. The x-axis motor and mallet actually move in unison along the y-axis.” -Nicole, one of the teams members.

pastedimage0

See a video of the device in action:

We are very impressed with the work these students put into this project and congratulate them on their success!

 

Made in the USA.

img_9169

All Geckodrive products are proudly designed, manufactured, and shipped from our warehouse in Santa Ana, California, USA. For us, American-made manufacturing is not just about being part of a marketing trend. Manufacturing American-made products is the core of who we are as a company.

There are endless economic and social benefits to making – and buying – USA-made products. Here are our top 5:

Why buy American made products?

1. You’re supporting the US economy

“When you buy U.S.A. made products, the proceeds remain in the U.S. economy. The money you spend then pays the workers that directly or indirectly created the product you purchased. When workers spend their money on U.S.-made products, the dollars continue to be recycled. Every American worker also pay taxes on wages earned in America.”

2. It supports safe and fair working conditions

“Importing countries have little or non-existent regulations or standards for working conditions. By keeping our dollars in the U.S., we are not supporting these horrible working conditions (long hours, exploitation of children, extremely low wages, etc.).”

3. It ensures safe, quality products

“Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.”

4. It creates jobs for Americans

“As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage.”

5. You will lower your carbon footprint

“The shorter the distance a product has to travel to get to you, the fewer fossil fuels required to get it there. Many countries manufacturing goods for sale in America do not enforce the level of environmental protection regulations that exist in the US. EPA regulations help keep our air, land, and water clean for future generations. Purchasing goods made in America helps us keep our carbon footprint to a minimum.”

When purchasing  a Geckodrive product, you also have access to our knowledgeable and friendly US based technical support team.

Citations;

4 Undeniable Reasons to Buy Made in America Goods. (2013, December 20). Retrieved September 20, 2016, from http://ezonpro.com/4-undeniable-reasons-to-buy-made-in-america-goods/, Lipscomb, T. (n.d.). Top Ten Reasons to Buy American. Retrieved September 20, 2016, from http://madeinusaforever.com/toptenreasons.htm