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\CMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. 94041
\F1\COctober 24, 1976
Mr. William E. Northfield
252 Oak Street
Oakland, Ca. 94607
Dear Mr. Northfield:
Thank you for your letter expressing interest in Vicarm. I actually
talked with you for a while during the first day of the Mini/Micro show.
I had asked you about using your cassette for loading our arm programs.
Our discussion centered on whether 2400 baud data transfer rate could be
maintained throughout loading of an entire cassette (40,000 words). The
question was unresolved, and we are still interested in a definitive
answer...and price, if a special is required.
I too am an M.I.T. graduate, as I mentioned to you... Class of 1963 in
Aero and Astro. I did my graduate work at Stanford University in
Mechanical Engineering and most recently I have been working with their
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (part of the Computer Science Dept.).
Vicarm manipulator systems are an outgrowth of this work at Stanford and
at M.I.T. (I returned to M.I.T. in 1972 as a visiting staff member, to
design an arm for them, now our model M.I.T. arm).
Vicarm is small- 2 employees plus several consultants. We design and
build all our systems in house. We have a small machine shop, an
electronics development and test facility, and some software development
equipment. I also reley heavily on my connections with Stanford
University, and in fact am currently a PhD candidate in the a special
studies area of Automation.
Recently, I have been discussing merger
possibilities with a few larger firms. I am interested in joining with a
larger, more established firm which would have an existing marketing,
sales and service organization. This appears to be what an organization
such as mine needs at the moment, as our primary objective is to market an
industrial rated robot assembly system. I also have interests in the area
of a low cost, mass produced robot system for hobbyists (the household
robot), universities, and
less critical automation tasks. At the current time our market seems to be
automation research and development groups at large corporations,
government agencies, universities, and research labs.
I will be out of town at another show until November 1. I will be
happy to meet with you anytime later that week, to discuss future
possibilities. A meeting at Micon would be fine.\.