Colleges will be open in the Fall semester. Students taking science classes involve with labs need to go to the campus and perform hands-on experiment. Colleges such as Hudson County Community College will provide face-mask to their students. The question is how to provide students the face-mask. Instead of letting students take the face-mask out of the box, we developed an automatic face-mask dispenser, to prevent students from taking more than one mask at a time, as well as to minimize cross-contamination.
What it does
The automatic face-mask dispenser is a robotic arm that can take one face-mask at a time out of the box and give it to the student. The dispenser can be activated by sensing a person in front of it. It can also make a refill signal when the face-mask in the box is running low.
How we built it
The basic mechanism is a robotic arm. It was built by using an Arduino microprocessor along with sensors, a stepper motor and a servo motor. The mechanical parts were made by using hand tools, power tools, and AutoCAD design and 3d printing.
Challenges I ran into
Anyone who are interested in collaborating or doing business with the STEM department of Hudson County Community College.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
What I learned
- Refresh some skills of 3D design and Robotics.
- Hackathon means no house chores at all.
- Skipping a night of sleep is OK.
- Team work is important.
What's next for Automatic Face-Mask Dispenser
We will modify and perfect the prototype, We will put the automatic face-mask dispenser in different building at Hudson County Community College.