At the recent International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Rollon Corp. showed off a high-speed, six-axis "shooting gallery" game aimed at helping police officers and soldiers improve their marksmanship.
Designed for use with light- or laser-based guns, the shooting gallery moves two targets across two x-axes, two y-axes, and two z-axes. Powered by the company's linear actuators, it transports the targets toward or away from the shooter (x-axis) at speeds up to 1.5 m/sec and accelerations to 1 G. Left to right movement (y-axis) is 1.0 m/sec, and vertical (z-axis) is 750 mm/sec.
"These are by no means the fastest speeds we can do with these actuators, but it's pretty fast inside this small box," Rick Wood, managing director of Rollon Corp., said in an interview.
Movement of the targets is unpredictable. Rollon engineers, who designed and built the shooting gallery in a scant 30 days, employed a random number generator to assign the position of each target at any given time. Moreover, the game gets tougher for shooters with higher skill levels. "The way we designed it, when you hit the target, the whole system moves faster," Wood told us.
Rollon engineers created the shooting gallery to show off the company's linear actuators, but they now foresee it being used in a variety of applications, ranging from training systems to casino games. They say they could engineer it to be as small as inches per axis, or as big as 6m on each axis. "This application is entirely scalable," Wood said. "There really is nothing stopping us from increasing or decreasing the strokes of the axes."