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\CMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. 94041
\F1\COctober 29, 1976
Mr. Alan Montross
Naval Research Laboratory
4555 Overlook Avenue S.W.
Washington D. C. 20375
Dear Mr. Montross:
This letter is written with reference to your contract number
N00173-75-C-0582 covering the purchase of a Vicarm Manipulator System from
On September 9, 1976, we personally delivered our complete system
to your laboratory in Washington per our contract and the ammended
delivery agreement. Later in September, we returned to NRL to examine
certain electronic problems. This last week, we shipped to you, and Dr.
Gerald Wilson acknowledged receipt of all the corrections necessary to
make our system operate satisfactorily. You apparantly are still not
satisfied with our performance, as Dr. Wilson has still indicated his
reluctance to pay on the Logic Unit Item until he recieves certain
Our position is the following. The documentation Dr. Wilson
requests is not a part of this contract. We will not deliver this extra
documentaion as part of this contract. We have offered to supply this
requested documentation under another contract should he desire it. We
are also requesting immediate payment on this current contract as we
consider payment OVERDUE. Delivery was made on September 9, and on
November 8, you will be 60 days past due.
As he is apparantly not entirely satisfied with our product, we
offer you the following three alternatives.
1) Immediate payment of all that is due Vicarm. Should payment be
made after November 8, 1976, we will require a late payment penalty of
1.5% per month starting October 9, 1976 (30 days past due)...prorated
2) Immediate payment of $13,500 (contract price minus $1000) for
our system as delivered minus the software, AND a statement from you
certifying that the delivered software is totally unsuited for your
purposes and you will not attempt to use it in any way, other than to
casually demonstrate our manipulator system for purposes unrelated to the
objectives of the NRL. This payment is also subject to a late payment
penalty of 1.5% per month as in item 1.
3) Immediate return of the complete system including all
documentation and software and a statement from you that you have
destroyed all copies and images (computer or otherwise) of our software.
Upon receipt of the complete system we will refund to you the sum of
$9,500 previously paid.
The reasons for our actions are as follows. Dr. Wilson is
requesting information proprietary to Vicarm, which we have offered to
supply as part of a separate contract at a separate price. The
information he requests ("Calling sequences and argument lists") is not
absolutely necessary to use the Vicarm system for research or otherwise.
Our software is far more complex than Dr. Wilson realizes. The more than
45 top level instructions represent calls to more than 100 subroutines
plus pointers and references to other information blocks and special
function modules. Dr. Wilson also fails to realize that what he has
already received is more than what anyone else would supply on such a
contract. If he doubts this, let him try to find someone else who will
sell him something equivalent at anywhere near the same price. There is
no way one could give him any useful list on the one page Dr. Wilson
imagines is necessary to describe our code structure.
Vicarm spent time and money to develop monitor routines which
allow Dr. Wilson to interact with our system. If NRL did not want our
monitor routines, they should have specified so in the contract, and we
would have priced these special requests in our original quote. We
supplied a system which meets all the requirements of the
contract...including the implied fact that the intended use was research.
It is a simple matter to write a PDP-10 program to address our software
through the monitor routines we have supplied. We will even do this for
Dr. Wilson at a fixed price of $1000. Vicarm even supplied Dr. Wilson
with a high speed paper tape reader for one month (free use, and not
specified in our contract) to enable him to bring up his system more
quickly. Even now, nearly two months after delivery Dr. Wilson has been
unable to successfully load our software any other way...and yet he wants
our proprietary details now, when it will be months, maybe years before he
will be fully able to make use of what he thinks he wants now. Dr. Wilson
is complaining because he is having difficulty modifying our system and
can't simultaneously use our system for purposes other than that for which
it was intended. We feel that the NRL has recieved good value, and should
accept the system as delivered.
With respect to these special requests of Dr. Wilson, Vicarm is
willing to offer the following proposal. We will deliver one copy of our
documented manipulator program source code (not to be duplicated,
distributed, or released) for use with this manipulator system only. The
price under alternative 1 above will be $6,000. The price under
alternative 2 above will be $7,500. This option is not available under
item 3 above. This offer also expires on November 30, 1976, after which
time we reserve the right to retract it entirely. The list of entry
points and arguments which he has specifically requested will be contained
in this source code package. Should he desire this list separately, the
list price will be $4000 as part of alternative 1 above and $5500 as part
of alternative 2 above. Also subject to withdrawl after Nov. 30, 1976.
Upon receipt of payment per items 1 or 2 above, we will also be willing to
quote to you delivery of specific load modules or development of specific
routines per your detailed written specifications.
Our current price list is also enclosed for your reference. We now charge
$38,000 for approximately what you contracted for at $24,000.
This letter represents our final offer on this matter. We look
forward to hearing from you, IN WRITING, within the next few days.\.