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\F3\C154 EAST DANA STREET
\CMOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. 94041
\F1\CJanuary 25, 1977
Professor Raphael Finkel
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Computer Sciences Department
1210 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Thanks for your letter. You got me just in time...as this letter
is one of my last letters under the Vicarm headline. Tomorrow at 10:30
AM, Vicarm becomes as division of Unimation, Inc. We will henceforth be
named Unimation West, and will continue development of small electric
manipulators. I will be general manager of this division, and will
remain at the same address in Mountain View. Initially, we will offer for
sale the same Vicarm products, but within a year, we will have a new,
industrialized manipulator system for sale. I still recommend the current
models for University and Research groups such as yours, because they have
features like brakes, multimode servos, and a general purpose interface
which the industrial versions will lack.
In any event, I hope the enclosed literature is of help. Maybe
I'll get to give you a demo one of these days...complete with LSI-11.
My status at the lab will shortly change from perpetual student to
student on leave, and lab guest, so mail and messages will still reach me
The HE group has furthur deteriorated under the direction of TOB.
We now have only 1 CSD student (Ron Goldman)...all others are imposters or
foreign guests here on boondoggles. We STILL don't have any arms
running... Gafford left, and I took BLUE to Vicarm to give it the $2000
professional rebuild. Since Binford never authorized it, I will not charge
the lab, but will hope to trade a bit of computer time here and there.
Speaking of computers...with my joining Unimation, I now will have
some better financing. Would you have any interest in some consulting.
Specifically,new software development, ala what BES has been doing for me.
Bruce wants to finish his PhD and is hesitant to do new development at
the present time although he is maintaining what he already did for me.
The code is for the PDP-11, all fixed point routines, and involves furthur
development of the VAL language. Let me know if you are interested.
Have you ever met Ali Serig at U of Wisc. He's interested in robots too.
All else is well... how are you fixed for wheels these days. Do they
make snow chains for your vintage bike?\.